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Sexual Violence Against Older People

Hannah Bows (University of Durham, UK)



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21 March 2019
Sexual abuse & harassment; Age groups: the elderly
Research on sexual violence has been a growing area of academic study since the 1970s. However, the focus of these efforts has centred on younger women, leaving older women largely ignored in research. This book presents data from the first UK study to examine the extent, nature and impacts of sexual violence against people aged 60 and over.

Drawing on both quantitative analysis of reported cases of sexual violence against people over 60 and qualitative interviews with practitioners in sexual violence and age-related organisations as well as survivors of sexual violence, this book situates the research findings in the context of feminist criminology and gerontology, and sets an agenda for future research, policy and practice.

Sexual Violence against Older People is vital reading for practitioners and policymakers, and those engaged in studies of criminology, health and nursing, social work, elder abuse and violence against women.
By:   Hannah Bows (University of Durham UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138284159
ISBN 10:   1138284157
Series:   Victims, Culture and Society
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   21 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hannah Bows is deputy director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse and assistant professor in criminal law at Durham Law School. Her research focuses on different forms of violence against women, particularly domestic and sexual violence. Her recent work includes a national study of rape of older people, a national study profiling homicide of older people and a study exploring 'risk' in relation to older sex offenders and policing. Outside the university she is the deputy director of the British Society of Criminology Victims Network and chair of Age UK Teesside, and sits as a magistrate on the Durham and Darlington bench.

Reviews for Sexual Violence Against Older People

This ground-breaking book explores the under-researched area of sexual violence against older women. Ageism and sexism make older women survivors invisible. In an engaging and accessible manner, Bows discusses inter-disciplinary issues and analyses her interviews with practitioners, and survivor case studies. An international research agenda is identified. Essential reading for academics and practitioners. John Williams, Emeritus Professor of Law, Aberystwyth University

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