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Calling for an end to violence against older women

Respecting Seniors Network launches new awareness campaign calling for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula residents to respect older women.

Respecting Seniors Network has joined the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence movement, highlighting that ageism and our perceptions of older women are a key driver of violence experienced by them.

For 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the Respecting Seniors Network is raising awareness of the hidden issue of older women experiencing abuse from their partner or spouse. Abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/or neglect.

The Respect Older Women – Our Response Starts Now campaign calls upon our community to reflect on respect for older women and call out violence they experience within their intimate partner relationships.

Marg D’Arcy, a recently retired family services professional, peninsula local and active member of the Respecting Seniors Network explains:

“We’re challenging the notion that our mothers and grandmothers are all happily and safely living free from family violence. Older women experience family violence, just as younger women do. There is no excuse for disrespect and violence against older women.”

You can follow our campaign on Facebook, by liking and following our page.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821. If you are in danger, call 000.

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