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Added Tuesday, July 07, 2015 by Action Alliance

Technology and Abuse in Later Life

Technology is an invaluable resource for older survivors.  Individuals may use the Internet, for example, to find support and cope with issues of abuse in later life. Yet, abusers can misuse technology as a tactic of abuse, which can be dangerous and potentially lethal.

In December 2014, with help from Disability Rights Wisconsin, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the Safety Net Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, NCALL released this toolkit for older adults with two goals in mind: to provide information about common technologies, including assistive technology, and to identify ways older adults can safeguard themselves from those who misuse technology to control, harass, stalk, and/or threaten them. The toolkit contains the following:

1. Tech 101: Frequently Used Terminology – a glossary of tech terms, many of which are referenced in the toolkit.

2. Tech Tips for Older Adults: Tech Safety – a general overview of computer, cell phone and Internet safety.

3. Tech Tips for Older Adults: Online Privacy & Safety – An overview of the importance of online privacy and strategies for maintaining privacy and safety online.

4. Technology and Abuse in Later Life  – An overview of the ways abusers misuse technology within the context of abuse in later life.

5. Assistive Technology – An overview of assistive technology, including what it is, who uses it and resources for finding out more about assistive technology.

6. Examples of Assistive Technology – An overview of assistive technologies for individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, have speech disabilities, are blind or have low vision, or have physical, motor or communication disabilities.

7. Assistive Technology and Abuse in Later Life – A general overview of the ways abusers may misuse assistive technologies to cause harm.

8. Resources – A list of selected resources related to technology and technology safety.

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