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Older people’s experiences of mistreatment and abuse
Lafferty, Attracta; Treacy, Margaret P.; Fealy, Gerard; Drennan, Jonathan; Lyons, Imogen
The number of older people who are at risk of mistreatment and abuse is likely to grow as the proportion of older people in the population continues to increase. Prevalence evidence indicates that approximately 2.2 per cent of older people in Ireland have been abused in the previous twelve months (Naughton et al. 2012). Elder abuse is becoming increasingly recognised as a problem that needs to be addressed. Attention was first drawn to this issue in Ireland when the National Council on Ageing and Older People (NCAOP) published Abuse, Neglect and Mistreatment: An Exploratory Study (O’Loughlin and Duggan 1998). Since this publication, a number of developments have taken place in response to the issue. In 2002, a seminal policy document was published by the Working Group on Elder Abuse. Entitled Protecting our Future, it proposed a framework of how best to address elder abuse. In response to this policy document, dedicated elder abuse services were established by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in 2007. This service included dedicated officers for the protection of older people, with responsibility for training and policy development, and senior case workers (SCWs), social workers with responsibility for assessing and managing suspected cases of elder abuse. In addition to this specialised service, the HSE funded the establishment of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP) to undertake a programme of research into elder abuse.
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Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP), UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Heath Systems
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): University College Dublin (UCD), Health Service Executive (HSE)
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First Indexed: 2014-04-03 06:37:40 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 06:03:22