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LEINDECKER, Cassiana Regina; BENNEMANN, Rose Mari  and  MACUCH, Regiane da Silva. Elderly in Brazil: aggressions, policies and public programs - literature review. Aletheia [online]. 2020, vol.53, n.2, pp. 116-129. ISSN 1413-0394.

This study consists of a literature review on the topic of abuse against elderly people. Research articles in English and Portuguese, published between 2014 and 2018, were collected via the academic search engines PubMed and Scielo on the basis of the tags 'violence', 'elderly', and 'mistreatment', which were to be found in the title and/or abstract. From the 138 articles initially found, 17 met further screening criteria and were selected for analysis. Our analysis shows that the main aggressor in cases of abuse against elderly people is a close family member and that the most frequent types of abuse are varied in nature, which translates in difficulties in detecting abuse cases in the first place. The results of the analysis also highlight the fact that health professionals are a key agent in the detection of abuse.

Keywords : Public policies; violence; elderly.

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