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Older people and coercive control – Working together to prevent, protect and support.


Date:   14 February 2018

Venue: Pierhead Building, Cardiff

Sponsored by Julie James, AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip.


Action on Elder Abuse Cymru and Welsh Women’s Aid are hosting a one day conference to explore the nature of coercive control of older people and examine how the different duties and legislation in Wales work together in practice. 

The conference will examine

  • coercive control and older people
  • practices in Wales aimed at safeguarding older people from coercive control.
  • The implications of recent legislation on safeguarding older people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • The impact of the different duties and legislation placed upon statutory agencies and others aimed at preventing domestic abuse, protecting victims and survivors and supporting individuals. 

The day will involve speakers as well as workshops and an interactive panel discussion including: 

Chair of Conference: Prof. John Williams, Aberystwyth University

Julie James, AC, Leader of the House and Chief Whip, Welsh Government

Steve Bartley, Safeguarding Lead, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Jan Pickles, OBE, National Independent Safeguarding Board

Alan Clarke, Professor of Criminology, Aberystwyth University, Dewis Project

Gary FitzGerald, Chief executive, Action on Elder Abuse

Eleri Butler, Chief Executive, Welsh Women's Aid

Jackie Neale, Adult Safeguarding Service Manager, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Margaret Smith, Butterfly Project, Safer Wales

To book your free place please click here.


Past events

Helpline Launch

20th June 2017 saw the successful launch of AEA Cymru’s helpline at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. We were so please that a number of supporting organisations took part in the launch through holding information stands to share the work that they carry out in Wales. 

Julie Morgan, AM opens the launch event and spoke passionately about the importance of our free, impartial and bilingual helpline.
Gary FitzGerald, AEA, Chief Exec talking about recognising abuse of older people as criminal offences.
Côr Rhosyn entertained attendees

Financially Safe & Secure

In November 2016 AEA Cymru held 'Financially Safe & Secure? Working together to protect older people from financial abuse at City Hall in Cardiff. Delegates heard from speakers from Age Cymru, Welsh Women's Aid, and Get Safe Online and the Minister for Social Services and Wellbeing. A panel discussion involved the CPS, Office of the Public Guardian, Dyfed Powys Police and Trading Standards. 

"First class", "Very useful", "Very informative and well presented", "Very thought provoking and informative"