Domestic violence does not discriminate and does not go away as people age. Older adults regularly experience abuse – physical, sexual and emotional, neglect and exploitation by spouses, partners and other relatives. Many of these survivors have suffered in silence for the majority of their lifetime. For some, the abuse may have started later in life.
Leaving an abusive relationship is often more difficult for seniors because they may feel that, due to their age, they do not have the means or adequate skills necessary to provide for themselves. Additionally, traditional shelters and victim services may not be amenable to their needs.
Victim service providers across Utah are trained in trauma-informed services designed to best meet the needs of all survivors.
Utah Domestic Violence Hotline
In addition to connecting older adults with basic safety information and services, Utah Domestic Violence Hotline can also connect them with an advocate who specializes in services and support for elders/seniors.
Adult Protective Services
Investigations of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation and referrals to community resources.
Aging and Adult Services
Community resources – to include meals, transportation, in-home services, employment, legal guidance, activities and medical insurance/guidance – available to seniors across Utah.
2-1-1 United Way Utah
Information and referral to resources – organizations, companies and other organizations that offer community services – across Utah. Resources can be found by keyword, agency, need and county.
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Resource directory, statistics, information, best practices and funding opportunities for victim service providers. Detail a plethora of resources available for a variety of elder populations to include tribal communities.
Abuse in Later Life Wheel
National Council for Aging Care
Up-to-date information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Information and referral to shelters, counseling, housing, legal advice and other supports and services.