Call for action against abuse on older people

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Older people across Derbyshire are being urged to call a helpline to get support and advice if they are being abused.

Derbyshire County Council is calling on older people to contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline if they need help and are hoping World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday 15 June will help to highlight the issues.

There have been 115 reports of alleged abuse from a partner or family member against people over 65 made to the county council in the last year.

Domestic abuse can involve regular controlling and threatening behaviour which can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological.

Most victims will know their abuser – they could be a long-term partner or a family member – but they can also be targeted by strangers who form manipulative relationships with vulnerable people.

Cllr Dave Allen, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, no matter how old they are, but it’s important we mark this awareness day to make sure elderly victims know they’re not alone.

“Our helpline is open 24/7 for anyone – whether they’re someone being abused or someone worried about a friend or neighbour. Either way they’ll get the advice they need.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is being marked with activities taking place across the world to promote the issue of abuse against the elderly.

The county council provides help whether or not someone is currently receiving social or health care services and works with victims to decide on the best ways to stop abuse against them and support them until their situation improves.

The Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is 08000 198 668 and is free to call for confidential support and guidance.