Derbyshire pensioners urged to report abuse

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Older people are being urged to contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline if they need help.

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is today, Saturday, 15th June.

In the last year,there have been 115 reports of alleged abuse from a partner or family member against people over 65.

Domestic abuse can involve regular controlling and threatening behaviour which can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological.

Most victims will know their abuser − they could be a long-term partner or a family member − but they can also be targeted by strangers who form manipulative relationships with vulnerable people.

Coun Dave Allen, cabinet member for health and communities, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, no matter how old they are, but it’s important we mark this awareness day to make sure elderly victims know they’re not alone.

“Our helpline is open 24/7 for anyone − whether it’s someone being abused or someone worried about a friend or neighbour.

“Either way they’ll get the advice they need.”

The Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is 08000 198 668, is free to call and is confidential.