World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked on 15th June every year. This awareness raising day is an opportunity to shine a light on the role we can all play in reducing elder abuse and neglect.
It can be difficult to identify abuse, there is no single 'type' of elder abuse. It can be psychological, financial, physical, sexual or neglect More often than not, people experience more than one type of abuse.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many older people relying more on those around them than ever before. Abusers are often someone they depend on for support or care, someone close, someone they trust. This can make it especially hard to speak up.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Hourglass (formally Action on Elder Abuse, a UK organisation which focus exclusively on the issue of elder abuse) highlights some disturbing facts:
- One in six older people worldwide aged over 60 are victims of abuse. This equates to over 1 million people across the UK suffering some form of abuse
- Figures are thought to be underestimated, as many cases of elder abuse go unreported
- Often, perpetrators are people in positions of trust, apparent 'friends' or people to whom they are related
- Often, victims are dependent, frail and alone.
Now is the time to make sure the older people in your life are safe. We all have a role to play in putting an end to elder abuse and to help support the health and wellbeing of the older people around us.
If you are concerned about how you, or someone you know is being treated, talk to someone you trust. You can also report your concerns locally by contacting Wigan Council Initial Assessment Team on 01942 828777 or by using the Wigan Council online reporting form (external link).
Wigan Safeguarding Partnership supports Word Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Follow us @WiganSAB for social media tweets relating to #WEAAD2020 #WEAAD.
Posted on Monday 8th June 2020