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Families in Society






Law enforcement and legal services are 2 systems that respond to reports of abuse against women through programs such as adult protective services (APS) and domestic violence (DV). APS and DV systems operate independently and define the cause of the abuse differently. The designation of a woman as having suffered domestic violence or having been abused often depends on which system she enters. This designation can lead to different options for women to obtain services. Aging may further complicate access and usability of these systems to respond to the needs of abused elderly. Using vignettes, this article explores the definitions of abuse and highlights specific concerns of aging that impact usefulness of services.


Author Posting. © Alliance for Children and Families, 2010. This article is posted here by permission of the Alliance for Children and Families for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Families in Society, Volume 91, Issue 2, March 2010,

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