Don Foster MP*

Don calls for an end to elder abuse

Don has signed a Commons Motion highlighting the level of elder abuse in the community.

Research by the UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People 2007 has revealed that as many as 342,000 people aged over 66 have suffered abuse in the community, often at the hands of family members. The study was sponsored jointly by Comic Relief and the Department of Health, and its findings have prompted MPs to call for the government to address elder abuse with the same swiftness and commitment as child abuse and domestic violence.

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The study additionally exposed that 105,000 elder people have experienced over 10 or more incidents of neglect, again most often perpetuated by partners or family members. 

Commenting, Don said:

"I firmly believe that elder abuse should be given the same priority as child abuse. The figures revealed by the UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People 2007 are deeply disturbing. Elder members of our community are some of the most vulnerable, and deserve our respect and their dignity.  

"I would like to praise Comic Relief and the Department of Health for investigating an issue about which we have until now lacked significant sound data on a national scale. Armed with this, the government needs to progress forward and confront the issue effectively.

"The Lib Dems will continue to urge the Government to empower public bodies and agencies to tackle the problems of elder abuse, raise awareness of its prevalence and promote knowledge of how to access adult protection services."


This article published: 10/07/2023

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