The report documents the rationale, background, approach, activities and findings of the multi-agency ‘Making a Difference, Older People’s Community Engagement Project’ developed and supported by Age UK Cornwall, Safer Cornwall and the Women’s Centre Cornwall.
The project was a result of recognition and concerns about the lack of understanding of older people’s experiences of domestic abuse and sexual abuse – often overlooked by professionals and underrepresented among service providers.
The intention of the project is to:
- contribute to better understanding the experiences and thoughts and beliefs of older victims/survivors who are living, have lived in Cornwall or are associated with the county
- develop a better understanding of what older people want from engagement and services
- what the current barriers are locally
- how we can better communicate with and improve responses to older people impacted by DASV