Domestic Violence in Later Life (Session B)
Domestic Violence occurs across the lifespan including late life. Abuser tactics used in earlier life may be modified due to changes in the physical and cognitive abilities of the victim/survivor and abuser. Victims/survivors may face greater barriers to achieving safety than in earlier life due to under reporting, fewer community resources, and community attitudes about older adults. This session will describe domestic abuse in later life, its forms, abuser tactics, and victim/survivor responses to those tactics. Obstacles to achieving safety will be highlighted along with supportive responses to help overcome barriers and obstacles, including building a coordinated community response, development of multidisciplinary teams and centers, support groups, and safety planning. Video clips of victims of abuse in later life describing their experiences will enrich the discussion and participants’ understanding of this often invisible segment of the community.