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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

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09 June 2016

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Enfield Council is marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016 (15 June) by asking its residents to challenge abuse wherever it exists and to report it if they believe an older person might be suffering abuse.

Enfield Council is marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016 (15 June) by asking its residents to challenge abuse wherever it exists and to report it if they believe an older person might be suffering abuse.

Whilst most older people are well cared for, some may be at risk of abuse, with 425 reports of abuse received relating to a person over 65 years of age in Enfield last year.

The most common abuse against older people is neglect, while many may experience multiple forms of abuse at the same time. Abuse can take many other forms, including financial, physical, psychological, sexual, discriminatory, domestic and organisational.

A joint conference was also held with the Naree Shakti Asian woman's forum to empower older women in the community to understand domestic abuse and control, and further work was also done with the police to help women stay safe in the community.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, said: "The most common forms of abuse that we come across everyday involving older people is neglect, followed by financial and physical.

"Although abuse can occur anywhere, many of the reports are about harm and neglect in the person's own home and by a person in a position of trust.

"We expect that the people we rely on for support and care are people we can depend on. This is why reporting abuse, harm and neglect can often be so difficult.

"World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gives us a chance to recognise and learn how to prevent and report abuse.

This follows a highly successful campaign launched earlier in the year with Enfield Council joining forces with the Metropolitan Police to tackle hate crime and encourage reporting. The message said loud and clear that hate crime was not acceptable and that, along with our partners, the Council is trying to increase the number of places that people can go to report hate crime to make it easier for those who have been victims.

If you know someone who is being abused, or if you are that person, then please come forward and call the Enfield Adults Abuse Line on 020 8379 5212.

You can also report abuse on this website.

The council have specially trained staff who are here to listen and provide support.