Older Women and Neglect, Abuse and Violence from an International Perspective
Elder abuse and domestic violence have been viewed as dichotomous when in fact they are not mutually exclusive. However, this has contributed to fragmentation of services for older women who are victims of abuse. The intersectionality of gender, age, race and culture has contributed to this fragmentation. A framework for understanding older women and neglect, abuse, and violence from an international human rights perspective, based on the work of the United Nations (UN), partnering Non-Government Organizations, and an international panel of academic researchers, can be used to address normative gaps in law and strengthen practice, policy and program development at the national level. Examples from the 2013 report of the UN Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Older Women and Neglect, Abuse and Violence, as well as an on-line curriculum on polyvictimization in later life, developed by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, will be presented and discussed.