Perceptions of Domestic Violence Against Older Women: When Sexism Is Compounded by Ageism

  • Sarmitė MikulionienėEmail author
  • Ilona Tamutienė
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


This chapter will examine domestic violence, which is a lifelong experience of women, and raise the following question: why is violence against older women (VOW) an invisible social problem and what is the role of sexist and ageist attitudes in this? This analysis contributes to the unpacking of culturally produced barriers through examining how the intersection of gender and age is constructed by different stakeholders and older women victims, as well as professionals working with abused women. Through secondary analysis of the results of previous research, statistical data, grey literature and analysis of the results of original qualitative research conducted in Lithuania in 2017 by authors, this chapter considers the reasons why older women (OW) remain ‘behind the curtain’ in the struggle against domestic violence. This will help to raise the awareness of this issue, which in turn would encourage the creation of services that satisfy the needs of OW and contribute to the assurance of their well-being.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lithuanian Social Research CentreVilniusLithuania
  2. 2.Vytautas Magnus UniversityKaunasLithuania

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