Elderly Spousal Abuse Under Reported

Reports of domestic abuse are on the rise across the country, but that doesn't mean there's more domestic violence taking place. What abuse advocates say it means is that more women are gaining the courage to report their abusers.

However, at one local shelter they're trying to raise awareness for a group of victims who still suffer in silence. Women can be abused by their spouse at any age, but one of the most under-reported groups are those over the age of 55.

A new local program called Abuse Later in Life is aimed at victims in their golden years. They endure a unique experience because often their abuser becomes disabled, either physically or mentally, from diseases like Alzheimer's.

Jennings says the best way we can all help eliminate that is to reserve our judgment.

“We don't know what it's like to be in their shoes. The best thing we can do is not judge someone, to offer support and say I don't think you deserve to be traveled this way.”

If you'd like more information on the Abuse Later in Life program, you can call the Women's Community at 842-5663 or 842-7323.