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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Domestic Violence Services in New York State for Women Aged 60+

Domestic violence is an issue that affects people of all ages, but is often not thought of to be an older adult issue. There are many seniors who are victims of domestic violence, but it is questionable whether there are services available to these victims. This poster session presents survey research that asked domestic abuse shelters throughout New York State about the services that are available to women over the age of 65. Social Work Major Carolyn Zon, with direction from Dr. Jason Dauenhauer, analyzed data from surveys administered to 122 shelters during spring of 2007. A total of 58 providers responded to the survey for an overall response rate of 48%. Research findings on services that are available to women over the age of 65 will be presented. Major findings reveal that the majority of the shelters do not have specific services available to older victims, but would not deny them services.

Presenter: Carolyn Zon (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: Fireside Lounge, Seymour Union
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)