Welcome to Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland The Adult Safeguarding Charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) Northern Ireland is a specialist charity working to protect older people from all forms of abuse and neglect. We support those experiencing (or at risk of) abuse, as well as raising awareness and advocating for effective prevention. We're part of the organisation Action on Elder Abuse, who work across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We were the first charity to address elder abuse and remain the only charity in the United Kingdom working exclusively on the issue today. We have the expertise to support victims, their families, and those who care for them. Call our Northern Ireland Helpline for confidential advice and support 080 8808 8141 Northern Ireland Homepage About Us Our Staff Contact us Help in your area Helpline NI Resources Our work What is elder abuse? Conferences and Events Campaigning NI Practitioners Information and Resources Other useful resources and links Get Involved Support our campaigns Membership Volunteer Campaigning in Northern Ireland Most people believe elder abuse is a crime. It isn't. It should be. The majority of abusers go unpunished, and those few who are prosecuted receive lenient sentences. The punishment very rarely fits the crime. We are campaigning to make elder abuse an 'aggravated offence', similar to hate crime. Without an effective deterrent, the scourge of elder abuse will continue. How much longer must we wait for justice for older people? The Criminal Justice system is failing to protect older victims of abuse and neglect. Most cases are never prosecuted – and many should be – and police cautions are used as a cheap and easy way of avoiding the time and cost of prosecution (these are not criminal convictions). And even when cases are taken to court the result is invariably a deferred sentence or community service. When is this going to end? A so called ‘carer’ plied an old couple with cakes and sweetness to get their pin number and then regularly stole money from them. After 63 years of marriage they were so devastated by what she had done that they had to go into emergency care, where he died without ever seeing his wife again. And the thief? Our justice system gave her a six month suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service. It doesn’t seem to matter how cruel someone is to a frail older person, or when they inflict their cruelty, our Criminal Justice System will still deliver what amounts to only a mild rebuke to the perpetrator. Is it any wonder that abuse continues and continues and continues. One 88 year old woman was slapped and, on Christmas Day, another 93 year old was struck, pinched and had her cheek twisted. And then she was later punched. And the abuser? Our justice system gave her 180 hours of community service. In response to the next example the family said, in tears, "We feel completely let down by the justice system. It seems they are protecting the abuser but who is going to protect my grandad?" And who can blame the family, when it seems that justice is rarely delivered? She slapped the 82 year old man, twisted his arm behind his back and sprayed his face with water. And she slapped him on the body. And the abuser? Our justice system jailed her for six months in prison, but then overturned it on appeal and gave her 200 hours community service/2 years probation instead. ELDER ABUSE IS A CRIME, NOW LET’S MAKE IT ONE. Please visit Change.org to add your name to our petition to the Home Office.