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Fall in reported abuse of elders
01 Sep 2014 22:10
There was a marginal decline in the number of referrals of elder abuse to the Health Service Executive last year, according to its review of services for 2013.
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The report says there were 2,437 referrals, a decline of 1% on the previous year.
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When referrals of self-neglect are excluded, there were 1,900 referrals.
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The most common type of abuse reported was psychological abuse, which represented 33% of cases, financial abuse, 26%, neglect, 21% and physical abuse, 14%.
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The public health nursing service is the main source of referral, followed by hospital staff.
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Most alleged abuse is perpetrated by a family member, most likely a son or daughter in 45% of cases.
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A partner or husband or wife is the alleged perpetrator in 19% of cases, and other relatives in 15%.
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A HSE information line on abuse operates at 1850 241850.
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