On International Women’s Day, AEA Northern Ireland calls for more to be done to prevent the abuse of women
7th March 2016, Belfast, Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland (AEA Northern Ireland) is joining the global celebrations for International Women’s Day and is using the 2016 campaign as an opportunity to call for an end to the abuse of women.
Veronica Gray, Director of AEA Northern Ireland, said “We are joining the global community in celebrating women, their achievements and the contributions they make to our society. But in doing so we won’t ignore the thousands of women for whom abuse is part of daily life. Our research shows that an estimated 500,000 older people are abused in the UK each year, with the majority of the victims being female and over the age of 70.
All women, including older women, deserve a quality of life and not just an existence. For the thousands of older people who experienced abuse in Northern Ireland last year, Action on Elder Abuse will continue to help victims in their recovery as well as pushing for more to be done to prosecute perpetrators of this crime. Abuse can be prevented. The women of Northern Ireland deserve a safe and secure old age and we all have a duty to ensure that this happens.”
Violence and abuse is a crime and it must stop. AEA Northern Ireland urges anyone suffering from or with suspicions of violence or abuse to call the charity’s free and confidential helpline on 080 8808 8141.
For more information on Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland, please contact:
Director, Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland
Tel: 0749 666 3816
For press enquiries, please contact:
Tel: 0208 835 9285
Or visit the Action on Elder Abuse website: www.elderabuse.org.uk
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1. Action on Elder Abuse is a UK-wide charity with a presence in all four nations. It aims to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older people by raising awareness of the issues, encouraging education and giving information and support to those in need. It has the only national freephone helpline dedicated to this cause, open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm on 080 8808 8141 for confidential support and information. Website: www.elderabuse.org.uk
2. With funds from the Big Lottery, in 2015 Action on Elder Abuse established staff in Northern Ireland to highlight and challenge the abuse of older People. Veronica Gray is Director of AEA Northern Ireland.
3. The UK Study of the Abuse and Neglect of Older People, commissioned by Comic Relief and the Department of Health, indicated that 4% of older people in Northern Ireland experienced abuse at home. Secondary analysis published by Comic Relief at the end of 2013 indicated that 8.6% of older people across the UK experience abuse at home.
4. Elder abuse includes physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse and neglect. It can often be a criminal act but is not often prosecuted.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day happens each year on 15th June, and is organised in the UK by Action on Elder Abuse. It is a dedicated UN recognised awareness day, with events happening all around the globe.