World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Friday 15th June 2012 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an occasion when countries throughout the world demonstrate their opposition to elder abuse and highlight ways in which people can self-protect themselves. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the launch of the Metropolitan police ‘little book of big scams’.

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA), is the leading charity campaigning against elder abuse in the UK, and is coordinator of WEAAD events in these countries. Our Chief Executive, who will be joining the Commissioner of Police and Esther Rantzen to launch the booklet at New Scotland Yard on Friday, said,

“Scammers take millions of pounds from vulnerable people in the UK each year, causing financial hardship and distress to people who often have limited capability to cope with the impact. It is therefore crucial that we help people understand and protect themselves from these ruthless thieves. I commend the work of the Metropolitan Police in producing such a useful booklet.”

Esther Rantzen and AEA are already working together to develop a new helpine service due to be launched next year, with AEA providing the expertise and support on elder abuse through its own existing helpline. This will be a major partnership between the presenter and the charity, intended to reach thousands of lonely and isolated older people.

To coincide with WEAAD AEA has also launched a consultation on what further legislative powers might be needed to gain access to, and protect, vulnerable people who may be imprisoned by their abusers in their own homes.

Concluded FitzGerald, “We know from our discussions with Adult Safeguarding staff and calls to our helpline, that there are situations in which abusers can deny access and protection to their victims. The Government and Safeguarding agencies need to consider how we overcome these obstacles and and provide genuine protection to people.”