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Action on Elder Abuse Cymru Conference: 

Elder Abuse is a Crime. 

Is Wales doing enough to protect and support victims?

Tuesday 5th March 2019

The OpTIC Centre

Glyndŵr University St Asaph, Ffordd William Morgan,

St Asaph Business Park,

St Asaph, LL17 0JD

Following two successful conferences on financial abuse and coercive control, AEA Cymru is delighted to be holding our next conference in North Wales.

The conference will be focusing 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 will also examine how to support victims of crime and how adult safeguarding links with the criminal justice system.

The day will involve speakers including:

  • Dr. Margaret Flynn, Chair, National Independent Safeguarding Board
  • Alan Clark, Professor of Criminology, Aberystwyth University, Dewis Choice Project
  • Paul Greenwood, recently retired Deputy District Attorney, San Diego, California, former Crown Prosecution Service solicitor
  • Steve Bartley, Safeguarding Lead, Older People's Commissioner for Wales.
  • Gerallt Evans, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service, Cymru - Wales Area
  • Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Lead on Age Related Matters.
  • Ann Griffith, North Wales Deputy Police & CrimeCommissioner.

as well as an interactive panel discussion

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Past events

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. 

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