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Tackling elder abuse together

Published: 13 June 2017

Raising awareness of elder abuse

People may not be aware that there is help and advice on offer for those experiencing elder abuse. Elder abuse is hard to identify because, like child abuse, it often happens 'behind closed doors'. In 2014 an independent study by the charity Comic Relief estimated that over 500,000 older people are abused across the UK each year. Elder abuse can cause severe humiliation, suffering and emotional scars to victims who are often vulnerable, infirm or disabled, and nearing the end of their lives.

The most common types of abuse are physical, psychological, financial, sexual and neglect. Abuse affects both men and women, but the majority of victims are women over the age of 70.

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) is a specialist organisation with a growing number of staff across the United Kingdom. Unlike other 'older people's organisations' they concentrate exclusively on the issue of elder abuse as the single focus to their work. For more information about this campaign visit the Action on Elder Abuse website.

Do you know someone who you think is at risk?

If you are at risk of harm or concerned about someone else in Surrey then please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm)

Call: 0300 470 9100


If you wish to report concerns directly to the police please call 101, or in an emergency where the immediate safety of an adult is at risk dial 999.

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