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'Falling through the cracks.' A case analysis of financial elder abuse and neglect using coronial evidence


Lawrence, Suanne and Henning, T and Banks, S and Bartkowiak-Theron, I, 'Falling through the cracks.' A case analysis of financial elder abuse and neglect using coronial evidence, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect pp. 1-10. ISSN 0894-6566 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08946566.2022.2153190


The Preventing Elder Abuse Tasmania (PEAT) research group was asked by the State Coroner to review and report on findings from the inquest into the death of a 77-year-old woman (MM) which forms the basis of this analysis. MM died of hypothermia while sleeping in a converted shipping container at her daughter and son-in-laws southern Tasmanian property. Five years later this couple were convicted of MMs manslaughter. At the subsequent inquest in 20172018 the public heard that MM was in the advanced stages of dementia, as well as frail and underweight at the time she died. Whereas it was significant physical neglect by her family that ultimately caused her death, the seven years of abuse to which she was subjected started with fraud, supported by a lack of legislative protections.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hypothermia, elder neglect, financial exploitation, older adults, adult safeguarding
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ageing and older people
UTAS Author:Lawrence, Suanne (Dr Suanne Lawrence)
UTAS Author:Henning, T (Associate Professor Terese Henning)
UTAS Author:Banks, S (Dr Susan Banks)
UTAS Author:Bartkowiak-Theron, I (Associate Professor Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron)
ID Code:154533
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-12-09
Last Modified:2023-01-04

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