There is another type of domestic crime

First I have to apoligize. One domestic crime that I have never touched on in the year since I began this blog is elder abuse. And you can’t really say you blog about home and relationship crimes unless you include this one. I am going to rectify that now.


Elizabeth Jones, 73, reportedly  went to the bank with her granddaughter Michelle Justice, 27, on Wednesday. The grandmother was going to  cash her granddaughter’s welfare check.

A dispute allegedly occurred after the cash was obtained. Mrs. Jones has told officers that she had lent her granddaughter money, and the granddaughter was to repay it when she got her welfare check.

Allegedly Justice refused to pay it. And also allegedly Justice pushed her grandmother and choked her. The push caused Mrs. Jones to fall and she struck her head on the corner of a door.

When police arrived she was lying on the floor with a gash to her head. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated, Friday she told media she was feeling fine.

When officers tried to handcuff Justice, she allegedly tried to run but officers caught her. But she continued to try to resist on the way to the cruiser. And at some point it seems that Justice allegedly tried to use the cruiser seat belt to try to hang herself.

Justice was charged with felony domestic violence, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Officers say they are familiar with Justice, and they had a few choice words to say. They also said “She has a lot of theft arrests and is a known drug abuser.”

Her grandmother has said she suspects drugs are her granddaughter’s problem and that she wants to get her help but doesn’t know how.                                 

Elders are a group all to themselves. They have the experience and knowlege of an adult. But the failing strength and dependency is more comparable to that of  a child.

They frequently have very limited incomes and high medical costs, and they may not have anyone to share the costs with. And they also have another need. The need for love and acceptance. With losing their peer group through age and illness they have a strong need for continuing contact with their children and grandchildren, for socialization, for physical and emotional support, and for love.

Elder abuse is more common than most realize. The abuse comes in multiple forms. Emotional abuse, financial abuse, neglect, and physical abuse. But just like with other forms of DV, they fear losing the ones they love, even if they are the abusers.



  1. Ania said,

    January 6, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    We parent the way we were parented. I believe that grown ups teach their children (by example) how to treat elderly. My parents took care of my two grandmothers at home untill they died. My mathernal granma suffered from Alzhimer and I saw my father washing her excrements off the floor without any anger or complaint (after she removed her adult diaper and started walking around the house). My sister and I do not know other way of treating elderly, than with respect and apprieciation for what they have done to us. Maybe I am naive, but I think that those disrespected old people (not every one) by their own family member,s were not respecting their own elders in a first place and this is how their taugh young to act. Not thinking that this is going to turn against them some day.

  2. January 6, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    To some extent that is true. But in this day of drug usage, the ways people treat others changes. The drug becomes more important than any of the loved ones in their lives or even themselves. And it also causes behavioral changes.

  3. angelo pizzi said,

    April 13, 2007 at 6:20 am

    I have to disagree with Ania. There are children who are born bad or evil.
    I have come across many incidents that the parents cannot be faulted; and yet the children turned out so different from their parents values etc.

    I’ve also visited a site recently that detailed a shocking case of abuse by adult children. you have to visit that site to read some of the shocking details.

  4. lidial said,

    December 16, 2007 at 3:03 am

    My brother abused dad, we showed the police the evidence, he appropriated himself of dad’s house without paying it and threw him out, and the officers said that my brother the abuser had a right to abuse dad because it was now my brother’s house. It took thousands of dollars to convice the City that my dad was the owner of the house. The law helps these criminals. Unbelievable, but that ‘s what they said. They refused to help or take down a report. 50th Precinct in the Bronx. So it happens. Link to my story please

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