Through the lens of gender: domestic abuse of older women in England and Japan

WILCOX, PAULA and Jones, H. (2011) Through the lens of gender: domestic abuse of older women in England and Japan International Perspectives in Victimology, 5 (2). pp. 55-62. ISSN 2156-6194

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Abstract

Domestic abuse at the last stage of the life cycle is becoming increasingly recognized as a social problem in many countries and is of concern to health professionals, legislators, policymakers, criminal justice professionals, and academics across a number of disciplines. Elder abuse takes a number of forms and can occur within domestic and institutional settings, which makes definition, detection, and intervention problematic. Despite legislative reforms to prevent, protect, and provide for the victims of such abuse, elder abuse in the home continues to lurk at the margins of much mainstream debate on domestic violence and family abuse. It is necessary for professionals to extend their knowledge about domestic abuse to older women. Research suggests that the social conditions of caregivers have a direct relation to elder abuse in domestic settings, and there is a strongly gendered dimension to this. This article draws on existing literature on domestic violence and elder abuse in two geographic locations to analyze social strain as a key determinant in the abuse experienced by some women at the last stage of the life cycle.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:© Tokiwa University
Uncontrolled Keywords:Violence; elder abuse; gender; victimisation; feminism
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy
L000 Social Sciences > L800 Criminology
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.5364/ipiv.5.2.55
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Criminology
ID Code:7626
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:29 Sep 2010 14:32
Last Modified:08 Apr 2013 10:15

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