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The goal of the Older Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence project is to improve community and criminal justice responses to the needs of victims 50 and older. The Older Survivors report is the result of a study led by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Central Florida in partnership with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA); the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV); and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The Texas Adult Protective Services supported this project. The report includes information on the prevalence and impact of domestic and sexual violence for female-identified survivors in Texas and an assessment of needs for this vulnerable population. Service recommendations from survivor and staff interviews and surveys are included, as well as information about COVID-19 related impacts.


Executive Summary: The Older Survivors executive summary can be found here.
Full Report: The Older Survivors full report can be found here.





Collaborations to Enhance Services for Older Survivors

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Safety Planning with Older Survivors

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Shelter and Housing for Older Survivors

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Services Approaches working with Older Survivors

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Contact: Bethany Backes, Ph.D., MSW, MPH for more information


Bethany Backes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Work