Study finds many older women also victims of partner violence

Research published in the latest issue of The Gerontologist reports on the scale of intimate partner violence experienced by older women (Ohio State University press release, 5 March):

About one in four women older than 65 has been the victim of physical, sexual or psychological violence at the hands of a spouse or other intimate partner, according to a study done in two northwestern states. About 3.5 percent of the women surveyed had suffered violence in the past five years, and 2.2 percent in the past year. “Intimate partner violence is not a problem only for younger women,” said Amy Bonomi, lead author of the study and associate professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University.


  • Amy E. Bonomi, Melissa L. Anderson, Robert J. Reid, David Carrell, Paul A. Fishman, Frederick P. Rivara, and Robert S. Thompson (2007). Intimate Partner Violence in Older Women. The Gerontologist 47:34-41

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