Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) is a specialist organisation with a growing number of staff in all four nations of the United Kingdom. We also provide some limited support within Ireland.
Unlike other ‘older people’s organisations’ we focus exclusively on the issue of elder abuse, not as one issue among many, but as a single focus to our work. For this reason we have extensive expertise that is not available from any other charity or agency.
AEA was established in 1993 by a group of practitioners from health and social care, and by academics and representatives of the voluntary sector who were concerned about the lack of information and assistance for those who were abused or were at risk of abusing. And today, we address abuse within people’s own homes (whether by family, friends or paid staff), within sheltered housing, and within care homes and hospitals.
Our work is fundamental to challenging elder abuse in the UK and we constantly need financial support to continue our activities. Although we are as effective as many of the bigger charities, we receive only a fraction of their income. Help us continue to make a difference. There are a variety of options for making donations to us, such as donating via text message, or through our justGiving page. Together we can end elder abuse.
Vision and Aims
Our vision is a society which values older people and one in which they and other adults can live free from abuse perpetrated by those in whom they have an expectation of trust. Where such abuse occurs we seek an environment in which it can be quickly identified and addressed.
We want to facilitate actions and create circumstances that prevent abuse. It is better to prevent abusive situations than to intervene afterward to protect;
We want to encourage timely and effective intervention to protect when abuse occurs. The circumstances of abuse often mean that the impact is profound and opportunities for intervention are limited;
We want to increase awareness of abuse at an individual and societal level. By doing so we increase the ability of people to recognise, identify and take action against elder abuse;
We want to increase the awareness of abuse of all those working with or having a responsibility for adults at risk of abuse. By doing so we increase the ability of practitioners and others to respond appropriately to circumstances of abuse;
We want to encourage genuine empowerment, free from coercion, which allows people to make informed choices about their lives.