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Removal of upper age-limit for data collection related to abuse

07.1.21

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:

“I strongly welcome the announcement that the upper-age limit of 74 for collecting data relating to domestic abuse is being removed. 

“A lack of robust data relating to abuse means that significant number of older people are in danger of being rendered invisible to policy- and decision-makers.

“Closing this gap in the data will help to ensure we can get a true picture of the ways that domestic abuse affects older people so that support and resources can be targeted more effectively.

“I will soon be meeting with Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the UK’s National Statistician at the Office of National Statistics, to discuss how this will now be taken forward.

“Alongside this, I will also continue my work with partners throughout Wales and the UK to tackle abuse and ensure that older people who are experiencing or at risk of abuse can get the help and support they may need.”