22/02/2017 Victims' rights: let's protect also the victims of elder abuse! New AGE position paper

On the occasion of the European Day for Victims of Crime, AGE Platform Europe has called on European Union countries and the European Commission to implement in a comprehensive and ambitious way the 2012 European Union Directive on Victims' Rights.

To mark this day, AGE Platform Europe published a position paper stressing the importance of using the process of implementation of this Directive to improve the protection of older persons who have suffered abuse, violence and maltreatment.

There is a lack of awareness of the potential of the Directive among organisations of older persons, and the professionals responsible for supporting and protecting victims are often unaware of the specificities of elder abuse and how to reach out to victims. Our position paper stresses the need to close this gap. It also announces AGE's actions on this front, especially the organisation of a workshop between victim support services, organisations of older persons and policymakers in order to share information, discuss possibilites for cooperation and further explore the potential of the 2012 Directive to support and protect victims of elder abuse.

You can read this position paper here.

For more information, you may contact Borja Arrue Astrain, AGE Project and Policy Officer responsible for long-term care and elder abuse, borja.arrue@age-platform.eu

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