Elder abuse leads to 2,500 homicides every year in Europeby Beatrice Credi - 2015.06.12
During the last few years, the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across Europe, and its dramatic consequences for individuals, families and the broader society are being increasingly acknowledged. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that the abuse of older people leads to an estimated 2,500 homicides every year in Europe. Furthermore, as many as one in four older people needing high levels of support may be victims of mistreatment. On the International Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, AGE Platform Europe and the European Network of Human Rights Institutions, stress the urgent need for the EU and national governments to take concrete action and develop specific measures to fight elder abuse in the context of an ageing society.
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