Solace is delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded almost £300,000 to the Silver Project for another five years so they can continue providing life-saving support to women aged 55+ who have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse.
With a range of additional barriers that older women could face, such as physical or mental health issues and generational attitudes towards relationships, many are afraid and unable to seek help. Domestic abuse amongst older women can also be overlooked by services such as local social care teams and hospitals.
The Silver Project targets the issues behind the barriers and works alongside women to create safety plans and tailored one-to-one support to help improve their safety, health and confidence. It also provides training for professionals such as doctors and police officers to help them spot signs of abuse amongst older people and respond appropriately.
Mary Mason, CEO Solace Women’s Aid says:
We are extremely pleased that, through Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme, we will be able to provide vital support to hundreds more women who’ve suffered years or even decades of horrendous abuse. The specialist knowledge and support the Silver project provides is essential in helping older survivors, the oldest so far being 101, recover and live free from abuse.
Read our recent blog about the Silver Project and support for older survivors of abuse: It’s our right to be safe at any age. How can we make it easier for older victims to get help?