They are a minority within a minority and their very invisibility heightens their vulnerability to exploitation. Older immigrant women are not a group one would normally think of being victims of abuse or neglect, and not much Canadian research exists on these women’s experiences in a post-migration context. But new research, by Drs Sepali Guruge and Parvathy Kanthasamy on the experiences of older Tamil women, provides critical insight into these women’s experiences of – and their responses to – abuse and neglect. The authors examine how factors at the individual, community and societal levels have shaped these women’s experiences. Key opportunities for prevention and intervention both within and across new communities are discussed.
Principal Organizations: Ryerson University
Investigators: Dr. Sepali Guruge, Dr. Parvathy Kanthasamy
Participants: Older Tamil immigrant women
Research Methods: Interviews and focus groups