Bridging Aging and Women Abuse - A Toolkit

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This toolkit was developed to highlight what is unique to older women abuse, best practices to support older women, and to provide tools for service providers working with older women (including a comprehensive directory of the most age/gender appropriate services available).

Depending on the area and context of service, some sections/aspects of the toolkit will be more relevant than others. Again, this is not a manual but a compilation of ideas and resources that can be selected and adapted as appropriate for a range of service providers.

The content/context of this toolkit is not crisis management. The toolkit is intended to support older women who are relatively safe, as they transition to medium and longer term planning for socio-economic inclusion and security.

The following is a brief summary of the toolkit sections, many of which are designed to be photocopied for repeated use by service providers and clients.

Section 1 of the toolkit outlines what makes older women abuse unique.

Section 2 offers promising practices that respond to these unique needs.

Section 3 explores the intent, meaning and practices of obtaining informed consent to share a woman’s personal health information with other relevant providers.

Section 4 is NOT a safety plan but rather an overview of safety planning (links to three sample safety plans are included) in the event that a woman has not considered such a plan and would like to discuss its value.

Section 5 provides a tool to explore and prioritize medium and longer term actions. This section contains an ‘activation plan’ which can be copied and used to support case management and referrals. The plan’s key features are: 1) that it supports collaborative planning, 2) that the woman prioritizes areas for planning and 3) that it explicitly sets out goals and actions for both the service provider and client with check-ins and follow ups.

Section 6 provides a service directory that is based on the potential actions outlined in the activation plan.

Produced by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), this project would not have been possible without the financial assistance provided by the Women's Program, Status of Women Canada and the financial and in-kind support of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). The opinions expressed in this document do not necessarily represent the official policy of Status of Women Canada or of NICE.