Emerald | Journal of Adult Protection, The | Table of Contents http://www.emeraldinsight.com/1466-8203.htm Table of contents from the most recently published issue of Journal of Adult Protection, The Journal en-gb Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited editorial@emeraldinsight.com support@emeraldinsight.com 60 Emerald | Journal of Adult Protection, The | Table of Contents http://www.emeraldinsight.com/common_assets/img/covers_journal/japcover.gif http://www.emeraldinsight.com/1466-8203.htm 120 157 JAP Editorial 16.4 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1466-8203&volume=16&issue=4&articleid=17114077&show=abstract <strong>Abstract</strong><br /><br />Not available. Article literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Bridget Penhale, Margaret Flynn) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 An exploration of service responses to domestic abuse among older people: findings from one region of the UK http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1466-8203&volume=16&issue=4&articleid=17114065&show=abstract <strong>Abstract</strong><br /><br /><B>Purpose</B> - Domestic abuse continues to be largely hidden phenomenon. For older survivors this invisibility is further compounded by conceptual confusion surrounding domestic abuse and other forms of family violence. The purpose of this study was to explore service responses to abuse among older people from across a range of sectors. Where possible the perspectives of older people themselves were explored. <B>Design/methodology/approach</B> - A mixed methods approach incorporating postal questionnaires and semi-structured telephone interviews. Agencies and organizations from both the statutory and voluntary sector who provided specific domestic abuse support services or general services and support for older people (aged 59 years and over) and older people, either as survivors of abuse or with an interest in the development of services for older people within one region of the UK were invited to take part in the project. Eighteen individuals from a range of agencies and three older women survivors agreed to take part in the study. <B>Findings</B> - The findings highlighted three main themes (i) lack of conceptual clarity between domestic abuse and elder abuse (ii) complexity of family dynamics and abusive relationships and (iii) deficit in dedicated service provision for older survivors. The findings are discussed within the context of the existing literature and key recommendations include wider recognition of the significance of inter-professional education, training and working practices. <B>Originality/value</B> - This paper identifies the complexities and challenges that continue to face organizations in terms of recognition and provision of services for older survivors of abuse. Article literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Julie McGarry, Christine Simpson, Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The impact of psychological abuse on somatic symptoms: A study of older persons aged 60-84 years http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1466-8203&volume=16&issue=4&articleid=17114072&show=abstract <strong>Abstract</strong><br /><br /><B>Purpose</B> - Purpose: To examine differences in the experience of somatic symptoms by domain (exhaustion, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, heart distress) between psychologically abused and non-abused older persons, and to scrutinize associations between abuse and somatic symptoms while considering other factors (e.g. social support).<B>Design/methodology/approach</B> - Design/methodology/approach: The design was cross-sectional. The participants were 4,467 women/men aged 60-84 years living in seven European cities. The data were analysed using bivariate/multivariate methods.<B>Findings</B> - Findings: Psychologically abused participants scored higher on all somatic symptom domains than non-abused, and thus were more affected by the symptoms. The regressions confirmed a positive association between psychological abuse and most somatic symptom domains, but other factors (e.g. depression, anxiety) were more salient. Demographics/socio-economics were positively (e.g. marriage/cohabitation) or negatively (e.g. education) associated with somatic symptoms depending on the domain. Social support and family structure "buffered" the experience of somatic symptoms. <B>Research limitations/implications</B> - Research limitations/implications: The research focused on psychological abuse. It did not incorporate other abuse types calling for further research on the effects of other abuse types on somatic symptoms. Nevertheless, our findings indicate that psychological abuse is linked to somatic symptoms, but the role of other factors (e.g. depression, anxiety, social support) is also important. <B>Practical implications</B> - Practical implications: Improvements in the older person’s situation regarding somatic symptoms need to consider psychological abuse, co-morbidities, social support and living conditions. <B>Originality/value</B> - Originality/value: The paper reports data from the ABUEL Survey, which collected population based data on elder abuse. Article literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (joaquim jorge Fernandes SOARES, Eija Viitasara, Gloria Macassa, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Mindaugas Stankunas, Jutta Lindert, Henrique Barros, Elisabeth Ioannidi-Kapolou, Francisco Torres-González) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 HANDLE WITH CARE:Providing pre-trial therapy for adults with learning disabilities. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1466-8203&volume=16&issue=4&articleid=17114078&show=abstract <strong>Abstract</strong><br /><br /><B>Purpose</B> - The purpose of this paper is to highlight the provision of therapy for witnesses who have a learning disability prior to and following a criminal trial. Authors will reflect on clinical practice whilst stressing that this area of work is in it’s infancy and both continue to learn through continued reflection and each new experience.<B>Design/methodology/approach</B> - The paper broadly describes the nature of pre-trial therapy followed by reflection by a Counsellor and Supervisor on their clinical practice. <B>Findings</B> - Authors describe some of the common themes that arise whilst providing pre – trial therapy <B>Originality/value</B> - There is a paucity of written information about this specific subject area. Although safeguarding of vulnerable adults has grown considerably since the implementation of NO Secrets (DOH 2000) and investigations are now more likely to lead to legal action the availability of emotional support for victims who have learning disabilities needs to be addressed. Article literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Clare le Roux, Mandy Leach) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Battered and shattered: will they get justice? A study of domestic violence against women in India based on National Family Health Survey, 2005 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1466-8203&volume=16&issue=4&articleid=17114076&show=abstract <strong>Abstract</strong><br /><br /><B>Purpose</B> - The paper attempts to determine the type and severity of domestic violence faced by Indian women<B>Design/methodology/approach</B> - The analysis of National Family Health Survey data (NFHS)-3 (2005) was used for determining the socio-economic factors which are predictors of domestic violence against spouses and children. Logistic Regression Technique was applied. <B>Findings</B> - Results suggest that increased formal education for women, increase in family wealth, financial independence may decrease spousal violence. Younger women and those who belong to nuclear family are more vulnerable to spousal violence. Domestic violence may hamper physical and psychological well-being for both women and children. Legislation and government policies in certain states of India have been able to curb domestic violence<B>Originality/value</B> - It is one of the very studies causes, consequences and remedies of domestic violence in India Article literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Shubhasheesh Bhattacharya, Sonali Bhattacharya) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100