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Domestic Violence Against Older Women

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Awardee County
Miami Dade
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $337,973)

Project Summary for 2002-WG-BX-0010

This study will document the complex and unique issues surrounding domestic violence in later life. Specifically, it will address: (1) how older women define domestic violence; (2) their view about causes, reporting interventions and consequences for perpetrators; (3) factors that deter help seeking; (4) elements of outreach and intervention strategies they see as acceptable or desirable, and (5) how their responses differ by age, annual income, race/ethnicity, and prior experiences as a victim. The sample will comprise approximately 184 Africa-American, Hispanic, and white women ages 45 and older organized into 21 groups representing combinations of four variables (age, income, ethnicity, and previously acknowledged victimization.) Data collection will involve focus groups and interviews, and qualitative data analysis will be used to organize and assist in the analysis of transcribed data. Final products will include a draft survey to assess community-specific needs of older women who experience domestic violence.


Date Created: August 14, 2002