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 recovery services in a number of areas, and we have plans to expand throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

How does it work?

Two old womenOur service 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. 

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 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 is it happening?

Currently, we have services operating in Brighton, Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark. A new scheme is being set up in Essex, and we are planning a further development in Cambridgeshire. And we will be bringing the schemes to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland too.

  
This is a very practical way in which you can challenge elder abuse in your community and do something meaningful to help victims of abuse to recover and survive the effects of their experiences.

In addition to helping older victims directly, volunteers can also help with driving or administration or fundraising.  

If you want to know more, email Carly and she will be happy you get back to you.