Fiona Bruce – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Fiona Bruce on 2015-10-13.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the prevalence of elder abuse by family members in England and Wales.

Karen Bradley

We recognise that people of all ages may be subjected to domestic abuse. We are committed to ensuring the police and other frontline agencies have the tools they need to respond effectively. On 3 March 2015, domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour became specific offences under the Serious Crime Act.

In October 2015, new guidance on investigating domestic abuse was published by the College of Policing which includes abuse of older people. New training for the police on domestic abuse has been developed and piloted in Hertfordshire; and the College is reviewing risk assessment tools used by officers. In addition, for the first time all police forces must flag all domestic abuse incidents as crimes.

The Crown Prosecution Service updated its domestic abuse legal guidance in December 2014. This includes advice for prosecutors on elder abuse. E-learning is also being finalised for prosecutors on this issue.

In addition, the Care Act 2014 heralds a significant step change for adult safeguarding in England by placing it on a statutory footing and providing a greater focus on the prevention of abuse and neglect and on the desired outcomes of the individual in question.