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Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life

Cross-sector involvement is crucial in addressing the unique needs of older survivors and preventing elder abuse and abuse in later life. The documents included in this section offer information on elder abuse and abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking prevention and response by multiple sectors.

Older Adults, Family Members, Friends, Caregivers, and Bystanders
Older adults, their families, friends, caregivers and bystanders who are in their immediate environment have an advantage of identifying abuse at an early stage or preventing abuse before it starts. This section presents information on preventing, identifying, and reporting of abuse by older adults, family members and friends, and bystanders.

The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life webpage has a “get help” section designed to provide information for individuals who are being harmed or know an older adult who is being abused, neglected or exploited.

Domestic & Sexual Violence Victim Advocates
Service providers must understand and address the special needs of older persons who experience domestic and/or sexual violence (DV/SV). The materials in this section provide information about unique aspects of elder abuse, specifically DV/SV in later life and offer suggestions for serving older DV/SV survivors.
Health Care Professionals
Because health care professionals interact with many older persons daily, they have an important role in screening for abuse and taking necessary actions. Documents included in this section offer guidance on recognizing and responding to abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life.

“Women are subject to health disparities across the life course, owing to multiple factors, including sexism, ageism, and other forms of structural discrimination and mistreatment which have been linked with greater risks for sexual violence and related trauma as well as resulting problems with physical and mental health as well as overall wellbeing.” Thus, a more intersectional approach to healthcare and social service delivery for older women is expressly needed, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic (…)” (Hand, & Ihara, 2023).

The Pocket Doc, available for purchase from the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect (University of California, Irvine) and the Program in Geriatrics (UC Irvine School of Medicine) is designed to be helpful to professionals in the fields of social work, law, and law enforcement who combat elder abuse. This sturdy spiral-bound book is a guide to common geriatric disorders and medications.

State Resources: The National Adult Protective Services Association offers access to state Adult Protective Service agencies via their online map

Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services (APS) workers investigate allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation, work closely with a wide variety of allied professionals such as aging network services, physicians, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement officers. To contact your local APS, please visit:

eldercare-locator.jpgEldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging to connect individuals and agencies to services for older adults and their families. They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116

Aging Network
Aging network professionals and volunteers provide community services to elders such as transportation, meals on wheels, in-home care and other services. Aging network professionals may encounter domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in later life. Listed below are some selected materials on these topics.
Justice Professionals
Justice professionals, including law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, court personnel, and civil attorneys, may encounter cases of elder abuse. Listed in this section are selected resources related to legal issues in elder abuse cases, including enhancing victim safety and holding offenders accountable.
Faith Communities
Many older people who experience abuse, neglect, or exploitation do not contact adult protective services, domestic and/or sexual violence (DV/SV) services, or the justice system. Some older people may talk to leaders in their faith community before or instead of contacting any other professionals. This section lists several resources on elder abuse awareness in faith communities.

“I put myself in Jesus and that’s what kept me going, and working in the church, getting involved and doing a lot of things to live, that kept me...I get through with my frustrations by helping others. And, doing for the community. As long as I was busy doing for others, and seeing the results and the successes, it brought me a long way.” – “Jane”, Black woman surviving abuse in later life, quoted in Hear My Cry: Breaking the Code of Silence around Intimate Partner Violence among Black Women in and beyond Midlife

The Special Collection, Faith, Spirituality, Religion & Domestic Violence outlines how faith leaders from many different spiritual communities can become effective allies in the prevention and intervention of domestic violence in their communities.

Collaboration/Coordinated Community Response
This section emphasizes collaboration between victim advocacy service providers, adult protective service providers, and other community organizations.