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You can help. Even though you may not be in a position to help with domestic violence issues directly, as a service provider and helping professional, you are in a unique place to help others find the assistance they need.

Multiple needs.

You are probably used to people coming into your workplace with a particular issue or problem. It is only when you sit down with them to chat that you realize there are multiple issues and needs. This is especially common with older adults or caregivers for older adults. You may realize through one or more conversations that someone may be experiencing domestic violence or abuse.

How can my agency respond appropriately?

Listed below are some resources to help you and your fellow staff members understand the issue of domestic violence in later life, the resources available, and ways to respond.

The bottom of this page offers a search feature where you can use your client's zip code, city or county to search for local programs and services to help.

Resources to Help.

  • National Center on Elder Abuse Issue Brief: Late Life Domestic Violence: This resource provides an in-depth look at domestic violence in later life, encouraging service providers to collaborate to assist victims. Late Life Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence in Later Life Scenarios: An article that includes some real-life scenarios that may help you be able to recognize some of the signs that someone may be experiencing domestic violence in later life.
  • Am I a Mandated Reporter?: Listed below are links to resources developed by the Virginia Department of Social Services to help clarify whether you are considered a mandated reporter for adult abuse. Mandated reporters are required to share with the local Department Of Social Services records and information related to any report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation regardless of who made the report.
  • Recognizing Older Adult Abuse: This article provides examples of signs of older abuse including financial, physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Abuse in Later Life: This comprehensive resource provides questions and answers regarding abuse in later life. Abuse in later life is seen as the intersection between elder abuse and domestic violence and has characteristics that make it unique.
  • Unique Needs of Individuals Experiencing Abuse in Later Life: Learn about some unique aspects of the problem.
  • Quiz For Service Providers/Domestic Violence in Later Life: Test your knowledge of domestic violence and abuse in later life.
  • Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation webinar: Watch this interactive discussion on who are the victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and who frequently mistreats the elder.