Elder abuse, mental health, and substance abuse: data from a one-year UK study

Silvia Fraga Dominguez, Jennifer E. Storey, Emily Glorney

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Abstract

Victims of elder abuse are often reluctant to report abuse, and this has an impact on access to support services. Engagement with services can be additionally complicated when either the victim or perpetrator of elder abuse has a mental health problem or substance dependence. This study investigates the presence of mental illness and substance abuse problems in 2535 enquiries made to a UK elder abuse helpline. Complex mental health needs were reported for both victims and perpetrators. These findings add to the limited research on elder abuse
perpetrators and have important implications for intervention services with victims and perpetrators.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2019

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