Amid Pandemic, Abuse of Older People Rising

Physical, financial, psychological, verbal and sexual abuse of older people was already rising globally. 

COVID-19 has made it much worse, says HelpAge International. The network of seniors advocacy organizations tracked increasing reports since the pandemic started in countries like Nepal, DRC, and Jordan—which saw more abuse reports in the first 2 months of the lockdown than they usually see in a year.

And the real toll is likely much higher.

“Too often, elder abuse is hidden. Older people themselves do not report it, as they fear retribution or stigma, and sometimes do not recognise it as abuse. Governments need to acknowledge that elder abuse exists and ensure that laws are in place and used to prosecute perpetrators,” says HelpAge’s Georgina Veitch. 

HelpAge via ReliefWeb

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