A brand new short film by Ridley Scott Productions has been made for Women's Aid to highlight the shocking circumstances faced by many older women

A powerful film is sending a chilling reminder that domestic abuse can happen to any woman, at any point in her lifetime. Women’s Aid has launched a new campaign to shine a light on the often invisible victims of domestic abuse: older women. 

 As many as 1 in 5 women accessing domestic abuse services have been experiencing abuse for more than 10 years. Research has shown that older women often do not access support or ask for help, despite domestic abuse happening to women of all ages.

The film tells the heartbreaking story of an older woman in an abusive relationship.

During the film the women visits with the couple’s young grandchildren for lunch. It is a comfortable, middle-class home - not the type of environment typically believed to be abusive. 

Older women are often invisible in many spheres of life, and it can be all too easy to not see what is really going on. The film aims to give these women a voice: to show them that they are not alone, that they deserve help if they are experiencing domestic abuse.

 Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said in a statement: “The film is a stark reminder that even those closest to a woman who is being abused may not know what goes on behind closed doors. ‘Any woman, of any age, can be forced to live in the invisible prison of domestic abuse - including those with adult children and grandchildren’

 

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