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The abuse of older people must be treated seriously

16 June, 2017

• IN the week of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, it is worth noting the numbers of older people being abused by those closest to them – whether friends, families or carers.

A further number suffer in some care homes and hospital wards too.

That this should be happening to people at this stage in their lives is a national scandal, yet, despite how widespread elder abuse is, this is an issue that remains in the shadows.

Our analysis shows that an estimated 413,500 people aged 65 or over in England and Wales experience some form of abuse each year, from neglect and fraud to physical and sexual assault.

In 2015/16 there were just 3,012 successful criminal convictions. It is likely 99 per cent of those who abuse older people are not being punished.

We are campaigning for this abuse to be classed as an aggravated offence so the police and our justice system are forced to take it more seriously.

Chief Executive, Action on Elder Abuse, SW16


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