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dc.contributor.authorMcFerran, Ludoen
dc.format18 p.en
dc.publisherOlder Women's Network, Millers Pointen
dc.subjectOlder peopleen
dc.subjectLegislation analysisen
dc.subjectInteragency worken
dc.titleThe disappearing age : a strategy to address violence against womenen
dc.typeElectronic publicationen
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dc.subject.keywordElectronic publicationen
dc.description.notesGeneral Overview: This report of the New South Wales Older Women’s Network [OWN] describes the findings of OWN’s Project on Prevention of Violence Against Older Women. The report examines our understandings of violence against older women and proposes strategies to address this kind of violence.<br/ ><br/ >Methods: The project employed quantitative and qualitative research methods. OWN conducted a literature review, consulted with older women, as well as stakeholders across the domestic violence, aged care, health, housing, community and legal sectors in both cities and across three regional centres in NSW.<br/ ><br/ >Discussion: In examining the under reporting of violence against older women, the study found that there has been a recent marked increase in reports of violence against older women. Currently, one in four women reporting domestic violence is aged over 45 years.<br/ ><br/ >Violence against older women poses a significant challenge to the domestic violence sector. The report found that the lack of collaboration between the domestic violence and aged-care sectors has resulted in a lack of support for older women experiencing domestic violence. This results in a lack of suitable accommodation for older women fleeing violence, which increases their risk of homelessness. Legislation does not adequately cover the particular forms of abuse older women are subjected to. There is no specific legislation regarding aged abuse and there is a lack of training about the abuse of older women in the legal sector. This lack of understanding extends to the wider community.<br/ ><br/ ><i>Conclusions:</i/> To adequately address violence against older women the report recommends: greater collaboration between the aged care and domestic violence services; consultation with aged care services when developing strategies addressing violence against women; establishing interagency protocols which prioritise building networks; and developing training on violence against older women across the sector. More specifically, the report recommends that health professionals, especially general practitioners, play a key role in recognising, assessing and responding to violence against older women.<br/ ><br/ >The report recommends that to adequately address violence against older women, there needs to be appropriate legislation and legal professionals must be given training. Finally, the paper recommends that community education and collaboration against violence against older women be undertaken.en
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