Violence against women is a serious criminal and public health issue with devastating consequences for women, families and society. To date, little international research has been given to understanding the needs of older women, who are experiencing domestic violence; that is, physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse carried out by a spouse or partner. This study fills a significant gap in the literature as the needs of older women who have experienced a lifetime of domestic violence in Northern Ireland are unknown. Health professionals, service providers and policy makers often assume that violence stops at age 55 and there is a noticeable lack of literature, research and guidelines on the issue. The greatest challenge for health visitors is that abuse remains hidden, with women remaining silent and finding it difficult to speak openly or seek help.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 20 Nov 2009|
|Event||Community Practitioner and Heath Visitor’s – Leading for Health and Safeguarding the Community, Conference - Southport, United Kingdom|
Duration: 01 Oct 2009 → 01 Oct 2009
|Conference||Community Practitioner and Heath Visitor’s – Leading for Health and Safeguarding the Community, Conference|
|Period||01/10/2009 → 01/10/2009|