Domestic Violence against Elders

Updated: Jun 12, 2021


What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is an act of violence or aggressive behavior wherein the victim is generally our near ones, who simply can be called as our family members. Any kind of abusing or forcing can be termed as domestic violence. Here the victims can be any person like women, men, children, aged people, disabled. In Hindi, domestic violence is known as घरेलूहिंसा. Domestic violence is also called domestic abuse, family violence. Abusive behavior includes frightening, hurt, humiliate, insult, terrorize, blame, injure or wound someone, etc.

Different ways or types of abuse

  • Physical Abuse (pushing, slaps, hitting with an object)

  • Mental Abuse (isolation from family and friends)

  • Emotional Abuse (threatening, ignoring the request)

  • Economical Abuse (not allowing to access money or funds)

  • Verbal Abuse (using rude words, refusing to talk)

Domestic violence occurs when a person uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, or emotional abuse to gain or maintain power and control over another partner in an intimidate relationship. These types of abuse resulted in the victims of domestic violence.

Reasons for Domestic Violence

  • Pandemics

  • Financial Insecurity or economic dependence

  • Stress

  • Drug or Alcohol addict

  • Dominating behavior

  • Feeling of burden

  • Poverty

  • Lack of education

Impacts of Domestic Violence

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Eating and sleeping disturbances

  • Health issues like headaches

  • Fear of getting hurt or losing someone

  • Aged people feel like a burden on their children

  • Homelessness

  • Mental disorders

In this pandemic, COVID-19 has amplified the violence, abuse, and neglect of older people around the world. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 1 in 6 older was subject to abuse but COVID-19 created an additional situation for abuse which resulted in domestic violence as it forced people into lockdown and people worried about the loss of income, health and the reasons stated above may directly or indirectly be affecting the aged in this pandemic. ‘Too often, elder abuse is hidden. Older people themselves do not report it, as they fear retribution or stigma, and sometimes do not recognize it as abuse. Governments need to acknowledge that elder abuse exists and ensure that laws are in place and used to prosecute perpetrators,” says Georgina Veitch. Due to this trap of lockdown people especially aged women get victimized by the abusers.

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