Sexual assault victims in residential aged care are mostly women with physical or cognitive impairments, a Victorian-based study has found.
Aged care providers are in a unique position to provide support to older women who have been sexually assaulted or are at-risk of assault, write Dr Bianca Fileborn and Dr Catherine Barrett.
Australia’s most comprehensive study into the sexual assault of older women has recommended the mandatory licensing of care workers and a review of aged care standards to include a focus on prevention.
Today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness day, an international event held to raise public attention of various forms of elder abuse and ways to prevent it. In Victoria, pioneering research is investigating how to prevent sexual assault of older women.
To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Australian Association of Gerontology in partnership with Advocare and Australian Ageing Agenda, will host a webinar on June 12 to explore the gender differences associated with elder abuse.
A new national collaboration of researchers is seeking information about sexual assault and older women to better understand the nature and extent of the issue and develop prevention strategies.