Challenging harm and abuse of older people
Welcome to Action on Elder Abuse Scotland
HIGHLIGHT: Elder abuse is a crime, but it isn’t treated like one. If you think this is wrong then join our campaign for a new law. Click here.
On 15th June 2016 AEA launched a campaign to introduce a new aggravated offence of elder abuse. We published a detailed report outlining the failure of the current criminal justice system to adequately prosecute perpetrators of abuse, and the extent of lenient sentencing if such cases do reach the courts system. There are thousands of abuse crimes perpetrated against older people in the UK each year, and the majority never achieve justice. This needs to change. Please support our campaign.
Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Scotland works to protect vulnerable older people from harm and abuse. We support those experiencing (or at risk of) harm and abuse, as well as raising awareness and advocating effective prevention.
AEA Scotland is part of the UK-wide organisation, Action on Elder Abuse, who were the first charity to address elder abuse and the only charity in the UK working exclusively on this issue today. Find out more about what AEA does here.
AEA Scotland was established in May 2015 to provide a tailored service to older people, their families/carers and practitioners in Scotland. Our work is be very much in line with Scotland’s unique adult support and protection agenda, taking an inclusive and partnership approach as much as possible.
What do we do?
- raise awareness of the wide range of harm and abuse experienced by older people, which includes physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect
- provide advice and support to older people experiencing harm or abuse, and those who care for or are concerned about older people
- promote research and projects relating to harm and abuse of older people
- campaign for the best possible support and prevention framework
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