Information and guidance on domestic abuse: Safeguarding older people in Wales

In 2017, the Welsh Government worked with the Commissioner to publish Information and guidance on domestic abuse: Safeguarding older people in Wales.

The purpose of the guide is to enable professionals working in Welsh public services (this includes: social care staff, domiciliary care workers, doctors, nurses, housing officers, police and any other professional having contact with older people) to work more effectively with older people who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse.

This involves working closely with partner agencies who are engaged either directly or indirectly with older people, irrespective of their additional care and support needs, or whether their circumstances make them vulnerable.

It is intended that this good practice guidance will lead to a greater understanding of older people’s experience of domestic abuse and, in particular:

  • offer practical advice to staff and managers to ensure that older people who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse have access to the best support and advice available; 
  • improve recognition and develop an understanding of the context in which abuse of older people takes place and the subsequent responses that should be considered; 
  • contribute to the knowledge and confidence of professionals so that they can address the complexities of working with older people who need care and support as a result of domestic abuse, but who also require professionals to respond to their other care and support needs.

Click here to download Information and guidance on domestic abuse: Safeguarding older people in Wales