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Informal Supporters of Elder Abuse Victims: Who Are They and What Is Their Experience Seeking Help?

Fraga Dominguez, Silvia, Storey, Jennifer E., Glorney, Emily (2021) Informal Supporters of Elder Abuse Victims: Who Are They and What Is Their Experience Seeking Help? Journal of Family Violence, . ISSN 0885-7482. E-ISSN 1573-2851. (doi:10.1007/s10896-021-00347-5) (KAR id:93987)


This study examined the characteristics and experiences of informal supporters of elder abuse victims, including family

members, friends, and neighbors—referred to as concerned persons. The researchers utilized secondary data from a UK

national elder abuse helpline to investigate the profile and help-seeking experiences (including the impact of helping) of

concerned persons reporting abuse to the helpline. The researchers focused on one year of data (2017–2018), and 1623

records met inclusion criteria. Of these, 1352 were reported by a concerned person, and descriptive statistics are provided

to describe this sample. The help-seeking experience was investigated using qualitative content analysis. Concerned persons

were primarily female family members, often adult children of the victim and siblings of the perpetrator. They faced barriers

to helping the victim, particularly in relation to formal services. Many also reported impact as a result of knowing about

the abuse or helping the victim; particularly to their mental health and their relationship with the victim. Findings indicate that concerned persons often face substantial barriers and negative impact when they support elder abuse victims. There is a need to advance research on concerned persons and identify ways of effectively supporting them, given their essential role in facilitating elder abuse victims’ access to formal services.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10896-021-00347-5
Uncontrolled keywords: Elder mistreatment; Concerned persons; Family members; Help-seeking; Barriers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jennifer Storey
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 09:57 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 08:56 UTC
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