How to stop violence against elderly women in Croatia 

More and more elderly Croatian women are victims of physical and psychological abuse, research shows. The reasons behind the growing trend are usually a combination of gender-based violence, broken family relationships and ageism.  

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Why this story matters:

Jasna (65) lives in a violent marriage. She injured her husband in self defense, who then reported her to the police. Ana (74) lives with her unemployed and drug-addicted 30-year-old grandson, whom she must financially support. Marija (87) is a victim of economic violence from her son. Sanja (60) has two children and is a victim of psychological and physical abuse.

All four of them are part of the growing problem, which Croatia must seriously start dealing with. 

Joint research by the Vida Association and the Center for women studies pointed out that elderly women are often victims of economic violence and that they often don't have anyone to turn to because family members are the ones who are abusing them. 

Details from the story:

  • The research, which was sponsored by Croatian Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, was presented at a conference in Croatian city of Rijeka in late November this year. 
  • Abusers are often family members, according to research. The majority of cases of violence against elderly women remain unreported due to social stigma and low level of trust women have in their family doctors. 
  • The panelists at the conference concluded that economic violence against elderly women is the most severe problem, because victims don't have any mechanisms to protect themselves from it. 

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