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Working With Older Victims

Staff working in domestic violence or sexual assault programs may have more experience working with younger populations than older individuals.  Aging network workers and others may have experience working with older adults, but less experience asking potential victims about abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  This section provides some guidelines and tips for working with older victims of abuse. 

The safety planning process helps survivors think through key issues and develop strategies to respond in a crisis; to leave if necessary and take care of themselves–physically and emotionally.  This section includes safety planning tools that older adults can use even if they are not working with a domestic violence program or other helping professionals.  There are also tools and tips for professionals working with older survivors.