Chris Elmore MP last week urged the Government to offer more support to older people at risk from domestic abuse.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Elmore highlighted figures from Age UK which show that one in four victims of recorded domestic murders are over the age of 60, with 280,000 people aged 60-74 experiencing some form of domestic abuse in England and Wales in 2019. Age UK’s research also found that perpetrators included friends and neighbours as well as family members and that safeguards need to be put in place to stop any abuse being perpetrated by those in a caring position.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“We know that for many people, home is not a safe place, and tragically the lockdown has led to a spike in domestic abuse cases.
“Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse – but the figures show that older people are particularly at risk. However, many of the support services available at this time can only be accessed online - which risks excluding those with less access to technology. We need to make sure that a range of services are available to ensure that all those at risk of domestic abuse can get the support they need”.
The Welsh Government’s Live Fear Free Helpline can be reached on 0808 80 10 800 and more information on support can be found at: gov.wales/live-fear-free.