Domestic abuse faced by older people
A report, ‘Safe Later Lives’, published on 22nd December by SafeLives highlights the unique difficulties faced by older people experiencing domestic abuse.
Many older people will be living in fear of those who are supposed to love and care for them. Approximately 120,000 over 65s will have suffered abuse in the last year.
Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on all victims and survivors, but intersecting factors such as age, class, ethnicity, sexuality and disability can also affect their experiences. Research studies and awareness raising campaigns often focus on younger people, perpetuating the false assumption that domestic abuse ceases to exist beyond a certain age. For further information Mature Times