The purpose of this paper is to review the terminology used to describe family violence involving older adults in order to stimulate a discussion that may assist in the use of a more appropriate and clearer terminology.
Different definitions of terms used to describe violence are considered and the contexts in which they are used. Two cases are described to illustrate the use of overlapping terms, the assumptions that lie behind them and the different actions that they lead to.
The authors argue that legal, relational, health (physical and mental) and social perspectives are all useful and integration contributes to a fuller understanding of violence.
The importance of terminology used to describe family violence involving older adults has been neglected in the past, yet it influences understanding about violent incidents and shapes responses to them.
The work reported here was unfunded.
Benbow, S., Bhattacharyya, S. and Kingston, P. (2018), "What’s in a name? Family violence involving older adults", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 20 No. 5/6, pp. 187-192. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-08-2018-0016Download as .RIS
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