Transforming the response for older people experiencing domestic abuse – a call for action

After a delay due to COVID-19 our victim survivors petition was discussed again by the Petitions Committee on Tuesday 9th June 2020 after a response from the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip and a reply from Dewis Choice.

To view the petition being discussed follow this link, the discussion begins at 0.35.38:

The Committee after considering the Minister’s response, acknowledged the funding which goes to outreach services, mentioning however this does not mean it reaches older people especially as there is evidence older people do not widely access these services. It was mentioned there needs to be more specific figures, and a request for marketing to be more directed by organisations towards older people, as their services are there they just need to reach out to older people. The Committee agreed to engage with the Older People’s Commissioner, asking the office what they consider should be done by the government to increase levels of support. It was acknowledged that older people will be less inclined to access outreach services as they are reluctant to leave home, however the outreach services need to make more effort to be targeting their services to older people.

The Committee agreed to contact the Older Peoples Commissioners Office and the Minister on these points in an attempt to making further progress with the petition without closing it yet.

<<insert committee clip 09.06.20>>

For further information on the progress of or victim survivors petition <<insert link to petition page>>

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