Responding to the needs of older women experiencing domestic violence

Author(s) Straka, Silvia, and Montiminy, Lyse
Title Responding to the needs of older women experiencing domestic violence
Source Violence Against Women, Vol. 12, No3 March 2006, p251-267
Date 2006
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary This article examines the needs of older women experiencing domestic violence and some of the challenges in responding to their needs. The feminist domestic violence response is considered and the authors discuss how it can be used for older women. Research has found that many older women are not aware of resources for domestic violence, or if they are they may not think they can assist older women. It is also necessary for professionals and shelter workers to recognise the different needs of older women and programs adaptations, and physical adaptations to shelters may be needed. Elder abuse can occur in a wider range of relationships than domestic violence. The services supporting victims of elder abuse may not use the feminist domestic violence approach that may be needed in a domestic violence situation. A collaborative response is recommended which addresses the age and gender dimension of oppression and vulnerability experienced by older women.
Keywords Domestic violence; older women; elder abuse; needs; collaborative response; intervention; support
Topic Domestic Violence