Sexual abuse of older women: the role of aged care service providers in preventing this form of Elder Abuse
The World Health Organisation identifies sexual abuse as a form of Elder Abuse – and there are growing questions about how the sexual abuse of older women can be prevented.
Research in Australia shows that aged care service providers have an important role to play in preventing the sexual abuse of older women, particularly abuse by intimate partners and other family members. It also shows that service providers can transform the experiences of women experiencing sexual abuse.
This webinar draws on the evidence to frame a case study exploring the role of aged care service providers in preventing sexual abuse – and provides practical strategies for service providers who work with older women.
Reasons to participate
Participants will be provided with an overview of the evidence relating to the Sexual Abuse of older women and explore the role of aged care service providers in preventing sexual abuse – particularly abuse perpetrated by intimate partners and other family members. Participants of this webinar will be guided to:
- Understand the evidence related to sexual abuse of older women in Australia
- Explore the barriers older women face when reporting sexual abuse
- Learn how aged care service providers can transform the lives of older women who are sexually abused
- Understand the services and supports available to older women who report sexual abuse.
Dr Catherine Barrett
Director of Director of the OPAL Institute and Coordinator of the Power Project
Catherine is the Director of the OPAL institute addressing the sexual rights of older people – including the right to be free from sexual abuse. Catherine was the Chief Investigator for Norma’s Project – documenting older women’s experiences of elder abuse and is the coordinator of the Power Project, a National resource building capacity to prevent sexual abuse of older women. Catherine is one of the editors of The Sexual Rights of Older People, published by Routledge in 2018.
Director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc
Di has worked in the area of violence against women and children for 40 years as a care provider, counsellor, refuge worker, advocate, educator and service manager in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. She was instrumental in the development of both the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Service and Macleod Women’s Refuge, which is named after her.
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NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT: 12:00 - 1:00pm ADST
QLD: 11:00am - 12:00pm
SA/NT: 11:30am - 12:30pm
WA: 9:00am to 10:00am
NZL: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Date & Time: Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 12pm - 1.00pm AEDT
Event Location: WEBINAR, National
Registrations Open: 13th Mar 18 1:00 AM
Registrations Close: 23rd Mar 18 6:30 PM
Places Available: 161
AAG Members: FREE
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