Domestic Violence and Stalking Among Older Adults: An Assessment of Risk markers

Jana L. Jasinski, University of Central Florida
Tracy Dietz, University of Central Florida

There is limited empirical evidence regarding the extent to which older adults are physically abused by their spouse or partner, and the risk factors associated with such abuse. Much of what does exist focuses on either care-giver abuse or abuse occurring in institutional settingsl Moreover, there is virtually no information on stalking victimization among older adults. The current study used the National Viollence Against Women Survey to examine physical abuse and stalking victimization among a sample of adults ages 55 and older (N=3,622). Similar to research conducted with younger samples, women aged 55 and older were significantly more likely than men to be both stalked and physically assaulted. Significant racial differences also emerged with respect to intimate partner physical violence, but not stalking. Specifically African American and Hispanic respondents were more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence compared to White respondents. Income, however, was not significantly associated with either stalking or physical assault victimization.

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