Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Domestic violence among older adults: A policy analysis of the Violence Against Women Act of 2000
by Briggs, Suzanne Mae, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 69; 1517519
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to present a policy analysis of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000, particularly on how it addresses domestic violence later in life. Domestic violence against older women is a serious concern, which has been understudied in the literature. Consequently, older battered women are considered the silenced victims. Efforts to address this issue are affected by the lack of community awareness, resources, and education. This study utilized a qualitative design, collecting data from both primary and secondary sources that address this legislation. Results indicate that domestic violence later in life is a hidden social problem. Moreover, older abused women face unique barriers to leaving their batterers; therefore, services tailored to address their needs are crucial for their wellbeing. Promising strides, such as VAWA 2000 and subsequent reauthorizations, are preliminary steps to combatting this issue. Implications for social work practice, policy, and future research were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chambers, Ruth M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1517519
ISBN: 978-1-267-45549-9
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