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Older women's experiences of domestic violence and abuse

Rogers, MM


MM Rogers


A Ahmed

M Rogers


Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is a global problem and developing appropriate responses is a challenge for health and social care services (Lombard and McMillan, 2013). Not only is DVA entrenched and wide-reaching, it assumes many forms and has lasting impacts. There is no singular type of 'perpetrator', nor a homogenous group of 'victims' or 'survivors'. DVA affects people of all ethnicities, cultures, religious communities, sexual orientations, genders, socio-economic classes, geographies, mental capacities and physical abilities at any point during the life-course. However, it has been highlighted that the neglect of older women in DVA research and practice 'has been a silent and unconscious one [as d]omestic violence institutions as well research on domestic violence often maintain a focus upon young and middle aged women' (Goregen, 2011: 1). Inasmuch, older women constitute a 'hidden group' of victims/survivors (Turner et al., 2010). This chapter is concerned with the experiences of older women, who, like younger women, experience DVA in considerable numbers and who experience physical, sexual, emotional and psychological harm as a result.


Rogers, M. (2016). Older women's experiences of domestic violence and abuse. In A. Ahmed, & M. Rogers (Eds.), Working with Marginalised Groups : from policy to practice (134-150). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date Oct 14, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 2, 2017
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 134-150
Book Title Working with Marginalised Groups : from policy to practice
ISBN 9781137559562
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