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Past events

Elder Abuse is a Crime. 

Is Wales doing enough to protect and support victims?

On 5th March 2019 AEA Cymru was delighted to hold our first conference in North Wales which focused on how the criminal justice system responds to older victims of crimes from reporting crimes to investigation, referral to the Crown Prosecution Service, prosecuting offences and finally sentencing.

We also examined how to support victims of crime and how adult safeguarding links with the criminal justice system.

Speakers included:

  • In Search of Accountability - Lessons from Operation Jasmine and abuse in care settings - Dr. Margaret Flynn, first Chair, National Independent Safeguarding Board.
  • The CPS- Prosecuting Crimes Against Older People - Gerallt Evans, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service, Cymru
  • The approach to serving older people – the Future - Deputy Chief Constable, Richard Lewis, National Police Chief's Council - Lead on Age Related Matters.
  • Making the case for an elder abuse law, 22 years of prosecuting elder abuse. - Paul Greenwood, recently retired Deputy District Attorney, San Diego, California, former Crown Prosecution Service solicitor.
  • The abuse of older people in domestic settings: ageism, coercive control and gender - Alan Clark, Professor of Criminology, Aberystwyth University, Dewis Choice Project
  • Adult safeguarding – Working together with Criminal Justice Agencies - Carys Phillips, BASW Cymru Committee member and co-chair of the Social Work Law in Wales - Policy Practice and Education Group.
  • Making Wales the best place in the world to grow older: stopping the abuse of older people - Steve Bartley, Safeguarding Lead, Older People's Commissioner for Wales.
  • Ann Griffith, North Wales Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.

as well as an interactive panel discussion

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

On the 14 February 2018 at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay Action on Elder Abuse Cymru in partnership with Welsh Women’s Aid hosted a one day conference to explore the nature of coercive control of older people and examine how Wales is responding. The conference was sponsored by Julie James, AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip and involved a wide range of speakers, a panel discussion and workshops. 

     The conference explored:

  • 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 conference was supported by Julie James, AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip

Gwendolyn Sterk, Public Affairs Manager, Welsh Women’s Aid

Rachael Nicholson-Wright, Director, Action on Elder Abuse Cymru

John Williams, Professor of Law, Aberystwyth University, AEA Cymru Trustee

Alan Clarke, Professor of Criminology, Aberystwyth University, Dewis Choice Project spoke     about male victims who experience abuse.
Jan Pickles, OBE,  National Independent Safeguarding Board

     Delegates attended workshops with:

  • Steve Bartley, Safeguarding Lead, Older People's Commissioner for Wales.
  • Mwenya Chimba, Head of Training, Welsh Women’s Aid.
  • Margaret Smith, Butterfly Project.

The panel discussion allowed delegates to contribute their thoughts on safeguarding older people from domestic abuse and listen to the experience of panel members:

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

Gerallt Evans , Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Cymru Wales

Gary FitzGerald, CEO, Action on Elder Abuse

Margaret Smith, Butterfly Project, Safer Wales

Gwendoln Sterk, Public Affairs Manager, Welsh Women’s Aid

Professor John Williams, Chair



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. 

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