Abuse of the elderly shames our society
At Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland, we were pleased to see the Belfast Telegraph noting just how woeful the prosecution rates of crimes against older people are and urging its readers to report such crimes.
While, of course, many older people are victims of criminals they don't know, most elder abuse actually occurs within the home, or care, setting.
It is a crime that thrives on secrecy and is all too often perpetrated by those closest to the victim - people they really ought to be able to trust.
The public can do their bit by being aware of the tell-tale signs that an older person close to them is being abused, such as bruising, appearing more isolated or secretive, and unexplained spending or financial discrepancies.
Anyone who has any concerns can ring our free confidential helpline on 080 8808 8141.
Unfortunately, elder abuse is still endemic in our society. However, as your editorial rightly points out, we can all do our bit to make it a thing of the past.
Action on Elder Abuse NI
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