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Sons and daughters are the biggest perpetrators of elder abuse

Over 2,400 cases of elder abuse were reported to the HSE last year.

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THE HSE RECEIVED 2,437 referrals of elder abuse last year. That’s a decline of 1% compared to 2012, but a 30% increase since 2008.

Two thirds of the alleged victims were women and 55% of them were over 80. While men aged 65-74 were more likely to be referred.

A son or daughter was the most likely perpetrator – they made up 45% of referrals.

A partner/husband/wife made up 19% of cases and other relatives made up 15%.

Psychological abuse was the most common type of abuse reported at 33%, followed by financial abuse (26%), neglect (21%) and physical abuse (14%).

Most cases were brought to the HSE’s attention by public health nurses. Hospital staff and family were the other major sources for referrals.

Commenting on the figures, Frank Murphy, Chair of the National Elder Abuse Steering Committee said;

We would encourage anyone who has a concern about abuse of an older person to contact their GP, public health nurse or any healthcare worker.

If a person is being abused, or if someone is concerned about abuse or suspect that someone they know is being abused, they should contact the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850.

Read: Would you know if an older relative, friend or neighbour was being abused?>

Read: Most perpetrators of elder abuse are sons and daughters>

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