Violence against older people: a global phenomenon

Sunday, September 28, 2014

June 15, 2014 – Violence against older people: a global phenomenon Violence against older people is a global issue, says HelpAge International on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 25).

HelpAge International and its members call for a UN convention on the rights of older people to protect them and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

  • In Bangladesh, 88% of older people were mentally abused, 83% neglected, 54% economically abused and 40% physically abused. Of the physically abused, 54% were women and 45% were men.
  • In Mozambique, 17% of older women and 20% of older men surveyed had experienced physical abuse.
  • In Peru, 76% of older men and 61% of older women surveyed had experienced theft, deception, eviction or other actions involving money or property.