WHO report: Elder Abuse in India

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Country Report for World Health Organization

Shubha Soneja
HelpAge India
C-14, Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi – 110016



Main problems as faced by elderly men and women

  • Older Peoples roles within their communities
  • Perception of what elder abuse is and what are the different kinds
  • Perceptions of the contexts in which elder abuse occurs, and its perceived causes
  • Situations where different acts of violence and/or abuse are acceptable or unacceptable
  • Situations where it is appropriate for family members, neighbours or friend to intervene
  • Whether abuse in common in the area or not
  • Seasonal influences of abuse
  • Perceptions of elder abuse as a health issue and an issue of concern for health care workers
  • Identify existing/needed health and social services and community support in relation to violence and abuse
  • Define the gaps, the needs and views for future responses to abuse, care and prevention.
  • Why people do not approach help


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