More than 39,000 older people in Wales – a proportionately higher figure than the rest of the UK – are said to be victims of abuse (Prevalence Study, Department of Health & Comic Relief, 2007). For many, this occurs in the place they call home. There is not yet sufficient understanding of the nature of abuse faced by older people and the circumstances that lead to older people becoming at risk of, or experiencing, harm.
Increasingly, older people are at risk not just physically but also emotionally and financially. Work has begun in Wales to improve how we identify those at risk and keep them safe, but we must also ensure that older people have access to the full support of our civil and criminal justice systems.