There was a 9% increase in the number of elder abuse cases reported last year, according to the Health Service Executive.

2,302 cases of elder abuse were reported to the HSE in 2011.

Aside from self-neglect, the HSE said psychological abuse was the most common type of abuse reported, accounting for more than one in three cases.

It was followed by financial abuse, including theft, fraud, exploitation and pressure in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions.

Neglect accounted for almost one in five cases, while physical abuse accounted for one in eight.

According to the HSE, people over 80 were more likely to be victims of elder abuse.

It said the abuse was carried out by a family member in 44% of cases.