PCADV’s focus on Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life is to strengthen our organization and the 59 local domestic violence programs to support adults 60 years and older who are victims and survivors of domestic violence, exploitation, and/or neglect.
Our work is advanced by generating an understanding of the dynamics of abuse in later life by using a survivor-centered, intersectional, and trauma-informed approach.
Intimate partner violence in later life is the physical, financial, sexual, and/or emotional abuse of individuals aged 60 and older by a current or former intimate partner, spouse, or family member, or caregiver such as nursing home staff or in-home care staff. Abuse can happen in every community:
- For some communities of color, abusers may make the older adult survivor feel like they are betraying their race by disclosing abuse by reinforcing how police brutality and racial bias exist in the criminal justice system.
- For immigrant and refugee communities, abusers of older adult survivors may hide or threaten to take away or destroy important paperwork relating to immigration status, passports, ID cards, and/or healthcare cards.
- For LGBTQ+ communities, abusers may pressure an older adult victim to come out to family, doctors, friends, nursing care staff, etc.
- And across all communities, abusers of older adult victims often withhold information about banking, assets, and investments while misusing the older adult survivor’s money, property, or assets.
Webinar Working with Victims of Domestic Violence In Later Life
This recorded webinar was developed for court personnel to define and recognize domestic violence in later life, as well as identify ways to enhance access to justice for victims of domestic violence in later life.
Online Course — Restricted Access Domestic Violence in Later Life
PCADV’s online learning course helps to define domestic violence in later life and how the experience of abuse differs for older adults, as well as distinguishes the difference between elder abuse & domestic violence in later life.
Exclusive to affiliates of PCADV member programs.