A care campaign group has called for a time of reflection on the day that the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on the elderly.
Held annually on 15 June the UN’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day calls on all “governments and all concerned actors to design and carry out more effective prevention strategies and stronger laws and policies to address all aspects of elder abuse”.
Elder abuse is defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”.
Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCFTV) founder and director Jayne Connery said: “Elder Abuse Day is reflective to the work we do here at CCFTV. CCFTV is passionate about raising awareness to the violation of human rights against our elders, many who suffer in silence to the financial, emotional, physiological and physical abuse they encounter.
“For perpetrators who commit such heinous crimes we know the law is there to protect us and to serve justice. Abuse against our elderly can often go unreported and if it is reported, rarely is it treated as a ‘crime’. CCFTV supports the abuse of an elderly person to be made a ‘hate crime’. Society has a duty to never sit back and allow the abuse of our elderly to go unchallenged because future generations will certainly suffer the very same fate.”