15th June 2021 |

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!

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.

Read the MARVOW Press Release here.