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Community Professionals’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence against Rural Older Women

The purpose of the study was to examine the awareness and experience of rural community professionals in Virginia dealing with intimate partner violence (IPV) in later life.  The reporting of IPV decreases as a survivor ages, but the problem does not go away.  Unfortunately, incidences of IPV in older adults are often lumped into the broader category of elder abuse.  This means that most community services are focused on alleviating abuse from adult children and caregivers. 

The current article found: (1) many rural community professionals likely to interact with older survivors were not aware of IPV issues when the survivor first presents; (2) social norms and cultural values played a large role in viewing IPV among older survivors; and (3) collaboration across agencies usually occurred because of legal mandates and healthcare emergencies for the older survivors.

Published: 2015 in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect

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