Monday, May 17

“I left my husband after 55 years of abuse”


There is an almost invisible group among victims of domestic abuse: older women.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone at any age, and women are particularly at risk. It is devastating and life threatening.

Social distancing measures during the current crisis mean that victims are at even greater risk, trapped at home with abusers at a time when coercive, controlling and violent behaviors are on the rise.

Among those victims, there is an almost invisible group: that of elderly women.

The full extent of gender-based violence among them is unknown, due to a lack of meaningful information and confusion around terminology.

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