Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

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April 8, 2021

Shelly Carlson, MPA
Criminal Justice Systems Manager, Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Tara Patet, JD
Senior Prosecutor, Office of the St. Paul City Attorney

Domestic violence is a problem that affects men and women across the lifespan yet abuse in later life is significantly underreported. In fact, evidence suggests that only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse cases ever come to light. While the past few decades have seen a significant improvement in the way that the criminal justice system responds to domestic violence as a whole, older victims experiencing violence in the home are often overlooked and underserved. Societal attitudes about aging are a contributing factor, as well as ageist assumptions made by well-intended practitioners. Further, the unique dynamics of domestic violence in later life keep many victims from being willing or able to engage with the criminal justice system or others who are trying to help.

This presentation will provide insight into these powerful dynamics using real case examples and interviews with survivors of abuse in later life. Additionally, participants will receive practical strategies that advocates, law enforcement, and prosecutors can use to more effectively respond to older victims of domestic abuse, and to work collaboratively to assist them in seeking safety and justice.

Objectives

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the unique barriers to safety experienced by older adults, and best practices for assisting victims of domestic abuse in later life.
  • Identify strategies law enforcement, advocates, and prosecutors can implement to effectively intervene in cases of abuse in later life.
  • Recognize how ageism contributes to abuse in later life and identify steps needed to overcome this “ism.”

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