Thousands of over-60s are hidden victims of domestic abuse, charity fears

Thousands of over-60s are hidden victims of domestic abuse, charity fears

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THOUSANDS of over-60s are hidden victims of domestic abuse, a charity fears.

At least 200,000 older people a year are bullied or attacked at home, new figures show.

A report by Age UK showed at least 200,000 over-60s are victims of unreported domestic abuse
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But the real total is likely to be far higher because many are reluctant or unable to report abuse by carers or relatives, Age UK claims.

And many others do not make the official tally as the National Crime Survey does not record data for people over the age of 74.

Age UK director Caroline Abrahams said more is needed to be done to protect them.

She added: “It’s time to bring older domestic abuse survivors in from the cold.”

The call comes as the Domestic Abuse Bill goes through Parliament.


Age UK says it gets hundreds of calls a year on the issue.

One in four domestic murder victims is over 60. The report calls for more training for health workers in spotting abuse.

It says domestic abuse should also be redefined to include that committed by friends and neighbours.


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