This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition Make the abuse and neglect of older people a crime

The constant reports of abuse and neglect of older people has gone on for too long. We are calling for such cruelty to be an aggravated criminal offence with statutory minimum sentences. This covers physical and sexual assault, financial and psychological abuse, and neglect.

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Most abusers are never charged, or if they are, they receive suspended sentences or community service. There are aggravated offences for Hate Crime, recognising basic charges are not enough. We want the same for older people. Action on Elder Abuse is a UK-wide charity that aims to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older people. It has a national freephone helpline open Monday to Friday: 9:00 and 17:00 on 080 8808 8141 for confidential support and information.

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