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Question 6: is question contains three different aspects and should be rephrased and separated, as all aspects are impor- tant: (i) taking advantage of a person, (ii) preventing a person from doing things that are important for their well-being and (iii) interfering with a person being with some- body with whom they would like to be. e term “well-being” should be replaced with “to feel good” or “things you like to do”.

Question 8: Most participants felt that the question was relevant and phrased well.

Question 11: In the Brazilian context, the concept of “free movement” is not always feasible. Living in a favela36 often implies (for all habitants, not only older people) restrictions of movement as drug lords and gangs control the community.

  • e expression “free movement” was con-

sidered difficult to understand. Also, the term “physically” should be replaced with, for instance, “Has anyone ever hit you?” or “Has anyone assaulted, hit or pushed you?”

Suggestions to rephrase the whole question include the following:

“Has anyone ever hit you, pushed you or prevented you from going in or out of the house?”

“Has anyone physically assaulted you, for instance hit you, pushed you or prevented you from going out?”


Brazilian shanty town.


Question 12: is question was considered an important question by physicians but considered less essential by older people.

  • ose who considered it relevant felt that

the phrasing should be more straightfor- ward: e older person should be asked di- rectly whether he or she has been sexually abused or harassed. e expression “un- wanted approaches” should be avoided. It was suggested that the word “lately” should be included, otherwise the incidence could be related to a younger age.

  • e participants felt that Questions 2, 3, 7

and 10 could be eliminated.

In a comparative analysis of the results of all groups, Questions 4, 5, 11, 8 and 6 were the most relevant.


Workshop with social workers

  • e attending social workers emphasized

their interest in the issue of elder abuse as they face a significant number of cases in their practice. e provision of help does not follow any protocol or established system, and the majority of the participants receive no specific training on elder abuse.

  • ey mostly use their professional experi-

ence and training from the area of domestic violence (against women and children) and adapt it to their work with older people. Other aggravating factors are the lack of standard tools, difficulties in following up cases, and insufficient engagement on behalf of the government.

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