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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010

Published Thursday, 27 May 2010

Enfield Council is marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010 with a special event to be held at Enfield Library.

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Tuesday 15th June 2010 - 10.00am till 3.00pm
Enfield Library, 66 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AX

The event will have stalls on crime prevention, trading standards, safeguarding adults, domestic violence, independent living, Telecare and carer information and support. There will also be colleagues from Age Concern there on the day.

A health visitor will also be on hand to provide information on how to keep in good health, and give free blood pressure checks.

While we know most people are well cared for, older people may be at risk of abuse as there were 292 reports of abuse about a person over 65 years of age in Enfield last year. The most reported type of abuse against older people is financial, however abuse can take many other forms, including physical, psychological, sexual, discriminatory, institutional and neglect.

Georgina Diba, Development Manager for Enfield's Safeguarding Adults Team said "The most common forms of abuse that we come across everyday are financial and physical.

"Although abuse can occur anywhere, many of the reports are about harm and neglect in the person's own home and by a person in a position of trust.

"We expect that the people we rely on for support and care are people we can rely on. This is why reporting abuse, harm and neglect can often be so difficult. 

"World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gives us a chance to recognise and learn how to prevent and report abuse.

"If you know someone who is being abused, or if you are that person, then please come forward and call the Enfield Adults Abuse Line on 020 8379 5212. We have specially trained staff who are here to listen and provide support."

For further information or if you need support to attend the event, please contact Jenna Feris on 020 8379 3086 or email safeguardingadults@enfield.gov.uk


 

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