Women’s Aid – Raising Awareness on World Elder Abuse Day

8 June, 2009

Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey are working with local communities to raise awareness of World Elder Abuse Day, on 15th June. 

Among the initiatives, Women’s Aid staff and volunteers have hosted coffee mornings, engaged with local residential homes and senior citizens clubs and are also hosting a performance of the ‘See No Evil’ play in Ballyearl, on Monday 15th June at 7.00 pm. 

Women’s Aid ABCLN have recently been recognised as innovators in acknowledging how the needs of older victims of violence and abuse often go unrecognised. In May 2009, Area Manager Rosemary Magill and Services Manager Fran O’Boyle attended the ‘Raising the Standards’ inter-governmental conference, where they presented a workshop on the ‘Older But No Safer’ project. They are hoping to build on this success by introducing this locally developed project to the UK wide Women’s Aid conference, to encourage groups across the UK to consider the needs of older victims of abuse. 

Lindsay Whitcroft, Policy and Training Worker with Women’s Aid ABCLN said:

‘Many people have a stereotypical view of a victim of domestic violence. We at Women’s Aid know that this stereotyping is a myth – domestic violence is a global phenomenon that crosses all social and professional backgrounds, cultures, religions and indeed ages. We know there are older victims of family violence and abuse in our community, the majority of whom are women. We are continually improving our services to meet the needs of these victims.