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Elderly victims of domestic abuse are often isolated

The media spotlight has been on domestic abuse throughout 2014, and rightly so, writes Samantha Wardle

17 November 2014

It is a growing social problem which must be tackled. Only by raising awareness of this issue and ensuring it is no longer considered a problem to be kept behind closed doors can there be significant and sustained change.

However, in all of the coverage given to such an important issue there appears to be a lack of direct focus on a particular group of people – the elderly.

We are an ageing population in the UK and domestic abuse can occur in any family relationship, at any time of life. Often, if there is domestic abuse in the relationship of an older couple, it has been present to some degree for a long time. The financial and social pressures of retirement in the current economic climate can increase the degree or frequency of such abuse.

Sometimes there is no history of abuse in a relationship or marriage, but life’s struggles, whether caused by financi...

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