Between 5%-9% of older people living in their own homes suffer at least one form of abuse.
(Elder Abuse Research, Ogg & Bennett 1993)
Figures from Sept. 2004-2005 from the Scottish Helpline for Older People regarding elder abuse indicate:
Gender of person experiencing abuse
- 75% female
- 25% male
Type of abuse:
- Psychological 36%
- Physical 25%
- Financial 20%
- Institutional 12%
- Neglect 5%
- Sexual 2%
Where abuse occurred:
- Own home 80%
- Care home 15%
- Hospital 2.5%
- Sheltered housing 2.5%
Between 50,000 and 90,000 older people living in their own homes in Scotland may suffer at least one form of abuse.
(Elder Abuse Research, Ogg & Bennett)
40% of victims suffer more than one form of abuse.
(Listening is not enough. Action on Elder Abuse 2000)
Domestic violence is a hidden issue that doesn’t disappear with age. Statistics collected annually by the Police show that between one-fifth and a quarter of all reported domestic violence is perpetrated against women over the age of 40.
(Older Women & Domestic Violence in Scotland. Scott, Marsha et al. Health Scotland 2004)