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This is the second volume of a two-volume edited collection on violence against older women. The first volume brought together contributions from international scholars and practitioners concerned with conceptualising and theorising violence against older women and documented the extent and nature of different forms of violence against older women. This second volume is concerned with understanding the consequences and impacts of violence and abuse against older women, their support needs and the existing informal and formal responses to this phenomenon. This chapter provides a brief background of the existing literature on the consequences and responses to violence against women generally, and considers what has previously been known about this in relation to older women. The structure of this collection and an overview of the contributing chapters are also provided.
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