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Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Broadcast date: 5/12/16

Domestic violence, can occur across the lifespan to victims of all ages, including older adults. It can be viewed as a sub-set of the larger elder abuse problem. 

Elder abuse, broadly defined, includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and self-neglect, and abandonment. Identifying the subtle signs of domestic abuse of seniors, and the family dynamics that can lead to abuse situations can help prevent it. While statistics relating to domestic abuse in older adults is difficult to find domestic violence facts from the Committee on National Statistics & Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education show somewhere between 1 and 2 million elderly Americans have suffered from some type of domestic violence.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Karen Jones, Executive Director with Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County and Stephanie Barclay the Executive Director with the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation who will speak about the organizations Senior Legal Services Project, together they will discuss how we as a community can prevent domestic abuse in later life.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.