Domestic abuse can be experienced at any age. However, the forms of abuse a person is likely to experience may change depending on their individual vulnerabilities. As older people may be dependent on family members or personal care assistants to support them they frequently experience domestic abuse as neglect and mistreatment. This can mean medication or treatment is withheld or interrupted, personal hygienic care is not provided or proper wholesome food is not supplied. Older people may also be vulnerable to financial exploitation as they might not always be in control of their finances. These are some of the things that can take place, on top of a range of other forms of abuse which you can learn more about on our warning signs page.
If you are experiencing harm through abuse or neglect or domestic abuse in any other form, you can call our confidential helpline on 020 8317 8273. You may also want to contact a social worker, a G.P or Police Officer. Additionally, you can click here to see the details of some services which specialise in assisting older people.
A service which aims to protect and prevent the abuse of, vulnerable older adults.
Helpline: 080 8808 8141
Age Concern and Help the Aged are now Age UK. Information and advice for the elderly about benefits, care, age discrimination, abuse and much more.
Helpline: 0800 169 6565