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UPCOMING EVENT: Hearing Hidden Voices: Older victims of domestic abuse 17/02/2021

5th February, 2021

Queens University in Belfast will be holding a virtual event in the form of a webinar, held on Wednesday 17th February, 10.30 – 12pm.

Hearing Hidden Voices: Older victims of domestic abuse

The webinar will highlight issues faced by older victims of domestic abuse, giving this very hidden population a voice.   The aim of the webinar is to help inform academics, practitioners, and general members of the public key concerns in relation to older women and domestic abuse, and the barriers they face in accessing help.

It will include contributions from Dr Elizabeth Martin who will discuss findings from her PhD research, and Rebecca Zerk, who is Research Project Manager of Dewis Choice, the first dedicated service in the UK for older people who have experienced domestic abuse.  Domestic Violence social work researcher and activist Prof. John Devaney from Edinburgh University, will Chair.  A discussion will take place after the presentations.

Hearing Hidden Voices: Older victims of domestic abuse

Wednesday 17 February, 10.30am.

Chair: Prof. John Devaney, The University of Edinburgh.

Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Martin, Social Policy, Queen’s University Belfast.


Wednesday 17th February, 10.30 – 12pm.

Details & Registration: here.

Rebecca Zwerk
@Aberystwyth University and Dewis Choice
Rebecca is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Age, Gender and Social Justice at Aberystwyth University and the Research Project Manager for the Dewis Choice Initiative. Dewis Choice ( offers the first dedicated service for older men and women who experience domestic abuse, inclusive of those living with dementia and those who identify as LGBT+

Elizabeth Martin
Dr @Queen's University Belfast
Elizabeth is a lecturer in Social Policy at Queen's University Belfast. The main focus of her PhD research was older women and domestic violence in Northern Ireland. She also looked at the issue of substance misuse amongst this population.

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