People of any age can be affected by domestic abuse, but older people can be particularly vulnerable to certain forms of abuse, including by a carer and financial abuse. They are likely to be dependent on the person abusing them and very few older domestic abuse victims are accessing professional support.
That’s why is vital for staff in our services to ask about domestic violence abuse and for them respond accordingly and take action to support people.
Age UK can help an older person at risk of domestic abuse. The Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602 is open from 8am-7pm 365 days a year, and is free and confidential.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and is free to call on 0808 2000 247.
Where it isn’t safe to access support via a telephone or those with hearing impairments, Age UK’s ‘staying safe’ page is at the following link: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/staying-safe/
The Leeds Domestic Violence Website provides information about the range of confidential support available to you locally www.leeds.gov.uk/domesticviolence, including details of specific agencies who offer support to male victims, LGBT+ victims and those from BAME communities.
The Leeds Domestic Violence Helpline operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and is free to call on 0113 246 0401