Older People: The Invisible Victims of Domestic Abuse

Monday 27th November 2017  |  10am to 4pm  |  Dunsilly Hotel, Dunsilly Road, Antrim BT41 2JH

Conference summary

Join Women's Aid ABCLN and Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland for a 1 day conference to raise awareness of older victims of domestic abuse.  

Over recent years and due to active campaigning by many organisations, domestic and sexual abuse has become less taboo.  However older victims of abuse have remained largely ignored and invisible in the discussion, with domestic violence continuing to be viewed as something that only affects younger people.  As most abused older people are harmed by family members, the time has come to break the silence on domestic abuse of older people.  

Who is this conference relevant for?

This conference is relevant to anyone with an interest in older people, adult safeguarding and protection, including frontline and managerial staff in:

  • Health and Social Care Trusts
  • PSNI and criminal justice agencies
  • Voluntary, community and faith sector organisations
  • Care providers
  • Students and academics

The conference will be of interest to those who are new to adult safeguarding as well as experienced practitioners, students and academics, older people and carers with a personal interest in the area.

Conference programme:

09.00 to 10.00    Registration and Coffee

10.00 to 10.10    Welcome by Marie-Louise Connolly, BBC NI (conference chair)

                             Introduction by Veronica Gray , Director, AEA Northern Ireland

10.10 to 10.20    Gary FitzGerald D.Sc (h.c).,M.A, CEO Action on Elder Abuse

                             AEA experience of domestic abuse of older people: the UK context

10.20 to 10.30    Rosemary Magill MBE, CEO Women's Aid ABCLN

                            Domestic abuse of older people: the Northern Ireland context

10.30 to 10.40    Department of Justice NI - Speaker TBC

                              The role of justice agencies 

10.40 to 11.10    Key note presentation by Don Hennessy

                            The victim experience

11.10 to 11.30    Coffee break

11.30 to 13.00    Presentations by PSNI, NIHE and the Health and Social Care Board

                             Followed by round table discussion and a Q&A session with panel members

13.00 to 14.00    Lunch

14.00 to 14.30    "My Story...Grown Old"

                              Live Performance by Ulster Orchestra

14.30 to 15.30    Key note presentation by Don Hennessy

                             The way forward

15.30 to 16.00    Chairs closing remarks and conference close

Format and fees

The conference will run from 10am until 4pm, with registration from 9am.  It will include a combination of keynote presentations by experts and practitioners in the field of domestic abuse, discussion, panel Q&A and the unmissable live performance from the Ulster Orchestra presenting domestic abuse in old age through the creative arts.

Fees: £45 + VAT.  AEA members will receive a 20% discount (£36 + VAT). To book places on the conference please click here

Further information:

If you'd like further information about the conference you can contact Women's Aid ABCLN on (028) 2563 2136 or e-mail [email protected]

For bookings, please email AEA Northern Ireland at [email protected]

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