Commissioner’s response to new research from Action on Elder Abuse Cymru


Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:

“The figures published today by Action on Elder Abuse Cymru, which suggest that more than 78,000 older people in Wales are being abused, are an important reminder that despite much good work in recent years much more still needs to be done to tackle elder abuse in all its forms.

“As Commissioner, I will continue to play my part by growing knowledge and understanding amongst professionals of the scale and impact of abuse through my ongoing series of safeguarding seminars, working with them so they can recognise the signs of abuse and know what support is available for older people.

“It is also essential that older people are supported and protected by our criminal justice system if they are abused. Today’s figures show, however, that a clear inequality currently exists in terms of conviction rates for abuse, meaning the law as it stands does not provide justice for older people nor a suitable deterrent to those who abuse older people.

“This must be addressed as a matter of urgency as it is simply not acceptable that a person’s age can be a defining factor in whether or not they have access to justice."