Increase in older people reaching out for help around domestic abuse

Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid said:

“We’ve seen a year on year increase in the numbers of older people seeking help for domestic abuse, but numbers coming forward to get help and support are still lower than we would expect. Between January – November this year, 146 survivors of abuse aged over 55 years called the national helpline in Wales for help and support.”
“We know domestic abuse happens across all age groups, and we know abuse can be inflicted by a current or former partner and family members, including children and grandchildren. But we also know it’s hard to come forward and get help, especially when those being abused feel isolation, fear, stigma and shame. They may feel there is nowhere to turn, because the abuse has happened over several years. In some cases, the abuse may involve financial abuse, sexual violence and coercive controlling behaviour, which may be exacerbated by the abuser’s health problems, alcohol or drug use.”
“The Live Fear Free Helpline in Wales (0808 80 10 800) has a highly trained and experienced team available 24-hours a day, every day of the year, who offer support, advice and practical help (in Welsh, English or other languages) for anyone living with abuse. The helpline can also put people in touch with local specialist services, and we would urge anyone who needs help and support to call the helpline, and speak to someone who will listen, who will believe them, and who will offer support, day or night.”