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Domestic Abuse in Later Life - Part 2

Chapter Seven: Professionals and Volunteers in the Aging Services Network

1. Professionals who work with older abuse victims tend to learn best through studying theoretical and research based trends in the fields of gerontology and domestic violence.

A. True

B. False


I Can't Believe I'm Free

2. Victims of elder abuse may decline help because they fear being seriously injured or killed by the abuser, or because of the fear that accepting services will decrease their autonomy.

A. True

B. False


3. Agencies can work to raise awareness of elder abuse by conducting outreach, participating in Sexual Assault Month activities, and advocating for improved funding and services at all levels of government.

A. True

B. False


Chapter Eight: Criminal Justice Professionals-Questions for Criminal Justice Professionals

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the recommended remedies for working with victims who are reluctant to participate in the criminal justice process?

A. Build evidence-based prosecutions, and address victim safety

B. Provide the victim with a criminal justice or court system advocate

C. Invite the victim to participate in an elder abuse interdisciplinary team that will demonstrate the agency's commitment to holding abusers accountable regardless oftheir age

D. Refer the victim to a domestic abuse agency for individual counseling, support groups, and advocacy


I'm Having to Suffer for What He Did-Myth 6

5. Which agency would be most likely to assist older abuse victims of sexual assault by accompanying them to medical exams?

A. The aging network

B. A sexual assault program

C. An elder abuse agency

D. None of the above


Potential Defense/Rebuttal Strategy

6. If a defendant in an elder abuse case blames injuries on “caregiver stress”, the recommended strategy is to complete a thorough physical and mental status exam on the perpetrator that will disprove this notion.

A. True

B. False


7. In order to be able to commit to holding abusers accountable regardless of their age, agencies should develop a plan to identify any physical accommodations or adaptive aids a perpetrator will need while incarcerated.

A. True

B. False


Chapter Nine: Health Care Professionals

8. When an abused patient is hospitalized, health care workers should be cognizant of the patients' visitors and look for incidences of:      

A. Hovering and hypervigilance

B. Answering for the patient and not allowing certain other visitors

C. Minimizing patients illnesses and needs

D. All of the above


I'm Having to Suffer for What He Did

9. When health care providers are working with an older victim of sexual assault, it is important to encourage the victim to speak about the incidences so that he or she can begin the healing process in a safe environment.

A. True

B. False


Chapter Ten: Support Groups for Older Women

10. Which of the following is NOT one of the likely goals or benefits of having a support group specifically for older abused women?

A. To break emotional and physical isolation as the women make new friends in the support group

B. To develop new coping, problem-solving, safety planning, and survival skills

C. To provide a sense of nurturing and responsibility to others

D. To gain a sense of hope, peace, and strength


Effective Advocacy for Older Victims

11. The autonomy-focused model was developed to assist older abuse victims in assuming or reclaiming control over their destinies.

A. True

B. False


12. When the abuser of an older person is the victim's child, the victim may feel a stronger sense of embarrassment or shame, parental responsibility, and emotional bonds with the abuser.

A. True

B. False


Chapter Eleven: Forms of Abuse and Abuser Tactics

13. Many professionals don't recognize adult abusers because they try to see the good in caregivers, and may focus on the emotional content of a conversation rather than recognizing abusive behavior when it is alluded to or described outright.

A. True

B. False


Tips for Successful Interviews

14. When interviewing a possible abuser, it is important to use tactics that will elicit information, such as using open body language and:

A. Asking yes and no questions

B. Build rapport

C. Avoiding direct eye contact

D. None of the above


Adult Protective Services/Elder Abuse Agency Workers

15. If an older adult makes allegations of abuse, it must be investigated thoroughly, even if the older adult has said other things that may not be true.

A. True

B. False


Chapter Twelve: Additional Resources-Abuse in Later Life Wheel

16. In the abuse in later life wheel, psychological abuse refers to specific tactics, such as name-calling, put-downs, and yelling used to demean the victim, while emotional abuse is the ongoing manipulative behavior that becomes an overriding tactic in abusive relationships

A. True

B. False


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