The 15th June has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, to highlight the abuse and neglect of older people, helping us to act against it. The abuse of older people is an increasing and serious problem, so it is vital to raise awareness of this. This day focuses our attention on the need for all of us to take responsibility for preventing elder abuse in our communities.
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people have personal experience of abuse as an older person, and there are almost 2.7 million victims thought to be affected across the UK. To find out more about elder abuse click HERE
If you are an older person and you have experienced abuse, or you are concerned that someone you know may be a victim of abuse, you can contact:
The Safeguarding Office – We are here to listen to you and support you. Please call us on 01364 645430 between Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm for a confidential conversation.
Hourglass – A UK charity working to challenge and prevent the abuse and neglect of older people.
24/7 Telephone Helpline – 0808 808 8141
Text Helpline – 07860 052906
Website including live chat service: https://wearehourglass.org