Empowering Older Women: Social Work Intervention with Survivors of Violence

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


Even though domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) decrease with age, violence against older women is a prevalent and yet understudied issue. Empowerment provides a holistic understanding of the issue and offers the mobilisation of community resources including social and economic support mechanisms, as well as revealing the strengths of the individual. In this respect, this chapter aims to disclose the ways empowerment approach in social work practice can address the violence experienced by older women. By doing that, this multidisciplinary chapter seeks to contribute to the theoretical literature in criminology, social gerontology and social work by addressing this ubiquitous problem of violence against older women.


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  1. 1.Social Work DepartmentAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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