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Like younger people, older people may be subjected to domestic abuse that is physical, sexual, emotional or economic. Behaviours to exert power and control are common and often hidden, meaning that abuse is often missed.

1 in 30 people aged 60 to 74 were subjected to domestic abuse in 2022, over 400,000 older people. We know that many victims of abuse don't recognise themselves as such, so this statistic is an underestimate of the true number.

What can be done?

We need to raise awareness among the public and ensure people feel confident in spotting the signs of elder abuse in those they live with, work with and care for. We want everyone to be as knowledgeable as they can be.

What is Age UK Lambeth doing?

Age UK Lambeth are partnering with Mandalina Stanisich, a New Zealand based artist working to produce a beautiful, thought provoking exhibit highlighting the issues and concerns around Elder Abuse. Mandalina began to express her emotions through art when her mother died of a stroke. Since then, Mandalina has produced several projects surrounding very prevalent issues, to encourage people to think differently.

Examples of her work include a domestic violence art installation mini roadshow, a stroke awareness installation and more. You can find her work here: https://opticaldelusionproductions.wordpress.com/home/stroke-park/ 

This project is a powerful overseas journey, starting in New Zealand and ending in London. The event takes place 10th to 16th of June in Auckland and 15th - 16th of June in London. We’re excited to provide more details as the project progresses! 

World Elder Abuse Day: 

The annual World Elder Abuse Day, which takes place on 15th June, provides an opportunity for communities all around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons. Raising awareness of the cultural, social and economic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect will enable us to do even more support for older people.  

Mandalina's Work:

Mandalina's passion shaped from personal experiences and experiencing the sensitivity of others, which in turn motivates her drive to complete meaningful projects. Mandalina's aim is to produce material that will stir and help create awareness to a broad audience, engaging the public in important social issues.