The campaign to stop Elder Abuse seeks to present the Government with 25,000 signatures of support
Jo Swinson MP has pledged her support to the Help the Aged campaign to end Elder Abuse.
Jo is one of over 12,000 people who have already put their names to the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of elder abuse, provide information and bring about Government action to tackle abuse.
Commenting on the campaign, Jo said:
“I am delighted to support Help the Aged’s campaign on this vital issue. Elder abuse varies from financial exploitation, emotional bullying and neglect, to violence committed against older people by friends and family.
“It is shocking statistic that 500,000 older people in the UK are believed to be at risk at any one time.”
Research released by Help the Aged has shown that 1 in 8 people have experienced elder abuse, yet 39% of people have never even heard the term. Two-thirds of abuse is committed at home, by someone in a position of trust.
Jo has also put her name to a Parliamentary motion condemning abuse of older people, calling for improved mechanisms to tackle elder abuse and better support for those older people who suffer abuse.
Kate Jopling, Parliamentary Spokesperson at Help the Aged, said:
“Elder abuse is a national scandal which Help the Aged is determined to tackle. Residents in East Dunbartonshire have a key role to play in helping raise awareness of the issue and knowing what to do if they suspect elder abuse is taking place.
“We’re really pleased to have the public support of Jo Swinson and welcome her signing up to our campaign to help stop elder abuse. By registering support through our iwill.co.uk website, pressure will grow on politicians to stop elder abuse.”
Help the Aged seeks to increase awareness of elder abuse and to ensure that the Government takes action to help stop elder abuse. Aims include:
• Independent Advocacy – Increased access to independent advocacy for older people so that they can speak out about abuse and get support.
• Criminal Justice – increased awareness of elder abuse within law enforcement agencies including the Crown Prosecution Service.
• Keeping Older People Safe – The establishment of a comprehensive register of health and social care workers who cannot work with older people because they pose a risk to them.
Information leaflets are available from Jo Swinson’s office for anyone concerned about, or looking to raise awareness of, elder abuse.