Help seeking behaviour of abused older women:Cases of Austria, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania and Portugal

Tamutiene, Ilona, De Donder, Liesbeth, Penhale, Bridget, Lang, Gert, Ferreira-Alves, José and Luoma, Minna-Liisa (2013) Help seeking behaviour of abused older women:Cases of Austria, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania and Portugal. Filosofija Sociologija, 24 (4). pp. 217-225.

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Abstract

This article based on a recent European study examines the subjective consequences of abuse against older women and their help seeking behavior. In 2010, survey data concerning experiences of abuse in domestic settings were collected from 2,880 older women across five European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, and Portugal). The results of the study indicated that overall 30.1% of older women reported at least one experience of abuse in the past year. Less than half of the victims talked about it in the informal setting or reported it to any formal agency. An ecological framework is used to explain factors influencing women’s decisions to seek help. Some consequences of abuse (anger, tension, sleeping difficulties, and concentration difficulties), type of abuse (physical abuse and violation of personal rights), higher abuse intensity, and density are connected with positive help seeking behaviours. Victims abused by current partners or a spouse were more passive to seek help.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: older women,domestic abuse,help seeking,europe
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 08:11
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 00:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57239
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