Access to Justice for Victims/Survivors of Elder AbuseA Qualitative Study

Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-220
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number2
Early online date29 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2016
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Elder abuse can be conceptualised as a social problem, a crime problem and a human rights issue. This article presents the findings from an evaluation of the ‘Access to Justice’ Pilot Project for victims/survivors1 of elder abuse, which was launched in 2010 as part of the Welsh Government's six-year integrated strategy for tackling domestic abuse. It was designed to address the needs of older people in domestic settings and facilitate their access to criminal and civil justice options. Between April and July 2012, case study data were obtained for 131 individuals. A total of thirty-three interviews and a focus group were conducted with service providers, potential service users and practitioners drawn from relevant statutory and third sector groups. The article explores multi-agency responses to elder abuse and addresses the victim‒perpetrator dynamic. Reactive and proactive types of perpetrator2 behaviour are identified and interdependence is described as a feature of the victim‒perpetrator relationship.


  • Elder abuse, perpetrators, justice, domestic violence, human rights