Older Women’s Descriptions and Understandings of Their Abusers
Thirty-eight women who were in abusive relationships since age 55 years were interviewed to understand their abuse stories, ways of coping, and health care experiences. In responding to these questions, women described the nature of the abuse perpetrated by their elderly partners and tried to “make sense” of what they had experienced and to define “who” these men were. This took various forms, from personal theories about aging, to labels (ethnic stereotyping, demonizing, pathologizing) to characterizations of the abuser’s private versus public behaviors. The authors explore the implications these findings have for assisting the elderly victim and perpetrator.
Zink, T. M.,
Jacobson, C. J.,
Regan, S. L.,
Fisher, B. S.,
& Pabst, S.
(2006). Older Women’s Descriptions and Understandings of Their Abusers. Violence Against Women, 12 (9), 851-865.