There has been very little focus on the long-term effects abuse has on older victims and how they cope with life after the abuse. Many victims are left isolated and traumatised by their experiences and are in need of structured support to reach full recovery. Often however, this structured support is not available.

AEA are operating several Elder Abuse Recovery Services (EARS) in England.

EARS addresses the gap in support for elder abuse survivors through a structured, one-to-one peer support process that facilitates recovery from the emotional and psychological impact of abuse, empowers abuse survivors to re-engage in their community and helps them keep themselves safe in the future. 

How it works

The approach utilises volunteers and past abuse survivors to work as supporters. A clear vision for full recovery is set with each survivor and the progress towards this is closely measured and monitored.

Weekly one-to-one sessions are held between the elder abuse survivor and their carefully matched designated supporter. Sessions focus on listening to the survivor, assisting them in switching focus from the effects and circumstances of the abuse toward how they would like their life to develop; drawing out their strengths and positive life experiences; supporting them in setting realistic improvement goals and making choices and decisions; as well as exercises around promoting hope, visualisation and confidence building.

To do this we recruit and train fully-vetted volunteers who are concerned about elder abuse and who want to practically assist in challenging and addressing this important issue within their areas. The volunteers pair with victims of elder abuse to help them recover from the experience and regain control over their lives. 

Where EARS operates

EARS is currently operating in these areas of England:

East Sussex and West Sussex

If you or someone you know is an older person who could benefit from the service in the area, please contact [email protected] to find out more.


If you or someone you know is an older person who could benefit from the service in the area, please contact [email protected] 

Volunteering with EARS

We are actively seeking volunteers for a range of roles in all these areas. Find out more here.