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Violence Against Older Women, Volume I

Nature and Extent

  • Hannah Bows

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Hannah Bows
    Pages 1-14
  3. Rosemary Mann, Philomena Horsley, Jean Tinney
    Pages 57-79
  4. Melanie Joosten, Briony Dow, Ellen Gaffy
    Pages 97-111
  5. Hannah Bows, Pamela Davies
    Pages 131-159
  6. Hannah Bows
    Pages 181-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-190

About this book


This book brings together international research from scholars and activists on the forms of violence that older women experience into a unique, comprehensive two-volume set. This first volume consolidates the research on the forms, causes and extent of different forms of violence against older women. It considers the theoretical limitations of our understandings and charts the gaps in empirical and theoretical research in this area and how this has hindered effective policy and practice responses to violence against older women. Taken together, this volume offers an important starting point from which future research can draw to address the gaps in knowledge and evidence. It also highlights issues that are particular to older women’s experiences of violence compared with younger women. It highlights gaps in existing research and suggests a future research agenda and implications for practitioners. It will be of interest to researchers in social and health care, gerontology, sociology and social policy, feminist research and criminology.


violence ageing elderly domestic abuse partner violence eldercide sexual violence hate crime gerontology social policy feminist research ageism sexism social care health

Editors and affiliations

  • Hannah Bows
    • 1
  1. 1.Durham Law SchoolDurham UniversityDurhamUK

About the editors

Hannah Bows is Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at Durham Law School, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) and Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Her research interests are located within the areas of violence against women, gender and crime, victimology and feminist socio-legal theories. Over the last six years her work has mainly focused on violence crime against older people in the UK which has included projects examining domestic violence, sexual violence and, more recently, homicide. She is currently the PI on a British Academy funded project examining sexual violence and harassment at UK music festivals. Hannah is the Chair of Age UK Teesside and sits as a magistrate on the County Durham and Darlington bench. She is also Deputy Chair of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Victims Network.

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