Invisibility of older women

Discussion Points

Research has identified that older people, in particular older women, are at risk of domestic and sexual violence and has demonstrated that sexual violence against older women is not as infrequent as it has been perceived to be (Cooper and King, 2006 in Lea et al., 2011).  However, despite this and the impact of the ageing population leading to an increase in health, social care and gerontology research; policy and service provisions, the issue of sexual violence against older people has remained largely hidden.