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​Theorizing low levels of reporting of abuse of older immigrant women

Author(s) Roger, Kerstin Stieber, Douglas A. Brownridge, and Jane Ursel
Title Theorizing low levels of reporting of abuse of older immigrant women
Source Violence Against Women; May 2015; Vol 21 No 5; pp 632-651
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
CoverageManitoba, Canada
Summary The goal of this study is to better understand the barriers that older immigrant women face in reporting abuse. The participants in this study included older adults, key stakeholders and service providers and family and carers of older adults. Interviews and focus groups were conducted and the focus of the interview questions was how participants defined abuse of older adults living in the community. In the focus groups participants were asked to review and expand on the themes that emerged from the interviews. The four main themes that were identified were the individual in a context of family and culture; English as a second language and being part of a mainstream world; the naming of abuse as not realistic; and age as a discriminator. It was concluded that age/dependency, gender/power, and cohort/culture are significant factors in the lives of older immigrant women. Recommendations are made to improve service delivery, including utilising existing contacts in a cultural community; training professionals about abuse of older adults; and promoting general awareness of ageism and its impact on older immigrant women throughout all institutions, including schools, government and the private sector.
Keywords Elder abuse; older immigrant women; aging; reporting; help-seeking.
Topic Elder abuse