Self-reported verbal abuse in 1300+ older women within a private, tertiary women's health clinic

Richa Sood, Paul Novotny, Stephanie S. Faubion, Jacqueline M. Thielen, Lynne T. Shuster, Carol L. Kuhle, Ekta Kapoor, Mary Marnach, Brigitte Barrette, Aminah Jatoi

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Objective: Several studies describe "elder abuse" among residents of nursing homes, but this issue is less well studied among independently functioning, community-based women. The current study was undertaken to report rates of self-reported intimate partner violence - with a focus on verbal abuse - among older women within a private tertiary women's health clinic. Methods: This study focused on women who completed a questionnaire on domestic abuse. Results: A total of 1389 women with a median age of 55 years (range: 50, 90) are the focus of this report. Most 1102 (79%) were married. Within this group, 100 (7%) women reported verbal abuse within the last year. Rates of physical and sexual abuse were much lower with 9 women (1%) and 2 (<1%), respectively. In univariate analyses, being divorced, being an alcoholic, and having suffered prior abuse were associated with reported verbal abuse. In multivariate analyses, self-reported alcoholism and physical abuse were independently associated with reported verbal abuse. Conclusion: This study found a notable rate of patient-reported verbal abuse in older women within a private, tertiary women's health clinic. Implications: This observation should prompt healthcare providers to ask about intimate partner violence - and specifically verbal abuse - regardless of healthcare setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-65
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Intimate partner violence
  • Older
  • Verbal abuse
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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