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In the international debate on responses to family and domestic violence, one group—older women—has consistently disappeared.
Older women suffer from the double jeopardy of both gender-based violence and abuse of older people, or the intersection between sexism and ageism.
“The systemic barriers to disclosure make it difficult to understand the reality of violence that older women face.“
Our report looks at issues of violence against older women.
1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15
Source: Our Watch
Up to 80% of assaults against older women reported to the police were committed by a known person in any one year
Up to 50% of assaults against older women reported to the police were committed by a family member in any one year
Violence against women, whether it occurs in public or private, is a gender-based act that results in, or could result in, physical and/or psychological harm or suffering to one woman or more than one woman.
Such acts can include the threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.
Gender-based violence and the abuse of older people remain separated in research and practice, making the problem of violence against older women invisible on the policy front with few specific interventions.
Violence against women is underreported. The systemic barriers to disclosure make it difficult to understand the reality of violence that older women face.
The #InHerShoes project is a research, narrative and awareness-raising project documenting the responses to older women (and their families) who report sexual assault as an older woman (aged 65+).
It documents the experience from the older woman’s perspective so that we can identify strategies to improve responses as a concrete way to prevent sexual assault.
The #WalkWithHer project encourages everyone to take a photo of their feet and to share it on social media with the hashtag, as an act of solidarity with older women who have been sexually abused, but who have not been heard, or received justice.
If you or someone you know have experienced sexual abuse, and you would like to participate in an interview, please contact us.
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