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How to report elder abuse

Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

Anyone experiencing elder abuse can call the HSE helpline
Anyone experiencing elder abuse can call the HSE helpline

It is estimated that for every case of elder abuse reported, another five never come to light.

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In 2014, there were a total of 2,592 referrals made to the HSE's elder abuse service - an increase of 5pc on referrals from 2013. Of these, psychological abuse was the most frequently reported form of abuse at 29pc, followed by financial abuse (21pc), self-neglect (21pc), neglect (15pc) and physical abuse (12pc).

Some 66pc of referrals related to women and, of these, the majority were in the over-80s age category (54pc). Public health nurses make the most referrals.

Anyone experiencing elder abuse can call the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850, Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm, or contact a health professional such as GP, public health nurse or social worker.

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