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.