World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
This week my office has been visiting towns across Gwent to raise awareness of the many types of abuse that affect older people.
The sessions have been supported by Cyfannol Women’s Aid, Gwent Police Cyber Crime Team and the Gwent Police We Don’t Buy Crime Team to help communities understand how to access support and advice.
Jeff Cuthbert said: “Sadly, we know that abuse can affect anyone of any age, but older people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
“No one should have to suffer abuse of any kind, but in some instances, it is the people they love and trust the most that cause the most hurt and devastation.
“By raising awareness, not only on this day but throughout the year I hope that people will become more aware of the signs and become confident to be able to sign post those in need to gain the help and support they require.
“I have been pleased to hear positive feedback from local residents who have been given a lifeline by domestic abuse services that I have been proud to fund. This reinforces that we need to continue to help our most vulnerable residents.”
If you are worried about the safety of an older person, there are many organisations that can help.
Gwent Safeguarding protects any adult who may be at risk of harm, to prevent them from suffering abuse or neglect.
Hourglass Cymru is the only national charity dedicated to calling time on the harm and abuse of older people.
24/7 Helpline 080 8808 8141
Live Fear Free
Call 0808 80 10 808
The Connect Gwent victim’s hub offers specialist support for older people. Call 0300 123 21 333 or visit www.connectgwent.org.uk
In an emergency always call 999.