PERCEIVED FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING DEDICATED ELDER ABUSE PROGRAMS OF CARE AT HOSPITAL-BASED SEXUAL ASSAULT/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TREATMENT CENTETR

Med Law. 2014 Dec;33(4):189-206.

Abstract

Background: Elder abuse is an increasingly important issue that must be addressed in a systematic and coordinated way.

Objective: Our objective was to evaluate the perceived feasibility of establishing an elder abuse care program at hospital-based sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centers in Ontario, Canada.

Method: In July 2012, a questionnaire focused on elder abuse care was distributed to all of Ontario's Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SA/DVTC) Program Coordinators/Managers.

Results: We found that the majority of Program Coordinators/ Managers favored expansion of their program mandates to include an elder abuse care program. However, these respondents viewed collaboration with a large network of well trained professionals and available services in the community that address elder abuse as integral to responding in a coordinated manner.

Discussion: The expansion of health services to address the needs of abused older adults in a comprehensive and integrated manner should be considered as an important next step for hospital-based violence care programs worldwide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Centralized Hospital Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Centralized Hospital Services / organization & administration*
  • Child
  • Elder Abuse / diagnosis
  • Elder Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Elder Abuse / rehabilitation
  • Elder Abuse / therapy
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Plan Implementation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Plan Implementation / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration
  • Hospitalization / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ontario
  • Program Development*
  • Rape / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Rape / rehabilitation
  • Spouse Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Spouse Abuse / rehabilitation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires