Dewis Choice: A Welsh Initiative Promoting Justice for Older Victim-Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


The chapter describes the development of Dewis Choice, a four-year, Big Lottery funded project, launched in 2015 in two locations in Wales, one a city area and the other a predominantly rural county. The project, which combines service provision and research, is aimed at people sixty years of age and over who experience domestic abuse. As such, it represents a response to the gap in service provision for this age group and recognition that older people do not receive the same access to services as their younger counterparts. As research shows, service and legislative responses can often, albeit unintentionally, discriminate against older people (Wydall et al. in British Journal of Social Work 48: 962–981, 2018). From a research perspective, the adoption of participatory action research and a qualitative longitudinal design helps to capture the experiences of older victim-survivors at different stages in the ‘justice-seeking’ journey and illustrates how their conceptions of justice are subject to change over time.


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  1. 1.Department of Law and CriminologyAberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK

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