Abuse in Later Life and Elder Abuse (Including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault & stalking)

This section presents resources and research articles that offer an overview of abuse in later life and elder abuse, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The section on cultural considerations lists some selected materials representing diverse perspectives on elder abuse.

Overview and dynamics
The materials included in this section present information about elder abuse and abuse in later life, with a specific focus on domestic and sexual violence in later life.

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Research
Since abuse targeting older adults is an emerging issue, there are few publicly available studies on prevalence, incidence, risk factors, and effective programming. This section highlights some research focusing on various aspects of elder abuse, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in later life.
Cultural Considerations
The experience of abuse in later life, the risk and protective factors, and the power and control dynamics may vary across and within cultures, as well as by individuals. This section offers resources that focus on understanding elder abuse in different cultural groups.


Gen Silent is the critically-acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses—their entire lives in order to survive in the care system. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year.