World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
Violence against older people is a serious social problem worldwide. Older women are usually exposed to a higher risk of #violence not only because of their age, but also gender. This type of violence is not properly prioritized, it is hidden under shame and stigma, which together with the lack of adequate services contributes to the low reporting rates.
The MARVOW project is developing and implementing a comprehensive multi-agency cooperation model for working with older women victims of abuse. It is doing so by bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to support victims and work with perpetrators and to break the cycle of violence.
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, MARVOW Partners are expressing the urgency of establishing multi-agency collaboration to tackle violence against older women.
The COVID-19 pandemic has a terrible impact on older women, which are more and more often victims of violence and face many difficulties to find help.
We talked about this and about our project with Pensionistenverband Oberösterreich (Association of Retired Persons in Upper Austria). You can find the article at page 9 of the Association’s magazine (in German).
The third official partners meeting of MARVOW took place online on September 10th and 11th. The first day was dedicated to three work packages of the project, which includes its management and coordination, the implementation and testing of a multi-agency cooperation model for working with older women victims of abuse and the perpetrators, and the evaluation of this model. Since the project has been extended, the activities at a national level and the overall timeline of the project have been subject to changes, which required a joint collaboration of all the partners. The second day was dedicated to the dissemination and communication strategies of the project and to the analysis of the training materials that will be used by the partners to introduce local stakeholders to the concepts of multi-agency cooperation and the characteristics of elder abuse.
Despite the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the partners are successfully collaborating to achieve the project’s goals: older women are even more at risk of being abused and neglected during these challenging times. For this reason, it’s even more crucial to work together and ensure improved knowledge of the stakeholders on how to identify and respond to abuse against older women. #MARVOW#endGBV against #elderlywomen#AgeingEqual
On May 25th and 26th, the partners of MARVOW met for the second steering committee meeting and the first Train of Trainers meeting. The meeting should have taken place in Tartu, Estonia, but due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the partners met online. Due to the current impossibility to conduct regional activities, MARVOW has been extended until March 2022.
The project partners meet every 6 months to work together on furthering the project. During the first day of meeting, the project leader AÖF (Austrian Women’s Shelter Network) welcomed the participants and presented the developments in terms of project management and reporting. WSIC (Women’s Support and Information Centre) introduced the first steps towards developing a multi-agency cooperation model, namely three reports analysing the situation in the partner countries and the use of multi-agency cooperation around Europe, both in women’s support services and in perpetrator programmes. UWAH (Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture) presented the case studies developed for the regional meetings and UT (University of Tartu) explained how the evaluation of the multi-agency cooperation model will be conducted. To conclude the first day’s activities, the WAVE Network presented the developments in the dissemination of the project, such as the new project website, the leaflets, and the upcoming social media campaign for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The second day was dedicated to the Train of Trainers, which is a preparatory meeting for the activities that will take place at a national level with different stakeholders. The two main multi-agency cooperation approached that will be used during the project (MARAC and CCR), were presented and analysed. To conclude the final day, WWP EN presented strategies and information to help partners implement perpetrator work in the project materials and activities.
The project lead Maria Rösslhumer (AÖF) talks about violence against elderly women and presents the MARVOW project at Radio Agora (German/Slovenian).
MARVOW – Multi-Agency Responses to Violence against Older Women is a new project funded by the 2018 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme of the European Commission. WAVE is one of the six partners from 4 different countries (Austria, Estonia, Germany and Greece) involved. The aim of the project is to improve the knowledge of stakeholders in the prevention and response to domestic violence on how to identify and respond to elderly women abuse, develop multi-agency cooperation, and implement case conferencing for older survivors of violence. You can find more information in the MARVOW Press Release, clicking here.
The kick-off meeting of the project MARVOW – Multi-Agency Responses to Violence against Older Women – welcomed 18 participants from Austria, Estonia and Germany. The partners will develop and implement a comprehensive multiagency cooperation model for working with elderly victims of abuse and will work to improve the knowledge of stakeholders in prevention and response. Training materials and guidelines for replication will be developed and disseminated at local, national and international level, to be accessible to stakeholders across Europe. The project is co-funded by the European Commission.