Friday, March 23, 2007

Elderly 'often abused by relatives'

reprint from Feb 7 2007
Almost half of those who abuse elderly people are relatives, a charity has warned.

A quarter of abusers are sons and daughters, and 64% of old people are abused in their own home, says Help the Aged.

The charity said a "not in my back yard" attitude is prevalent......Most assume abuse takes place in care homes and is carried out by professional staff, it says.

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