Family Law

UK charity reports increased risk of domestic abuse among older people in lockdown

October 16, 2020
Domestic Abuse Older People

Unfortunately, during the previous national lockdown and current local lockdown measures (with the recent announcement of the new tier system), we have already and continue to see an increase in the risk of domestic abuse – in particular among the older generation.

A recent Age UK report “No Age; the Blind Spot of Older Victims and Survivors in the Domestic Abuse Bill” indicates that there is a higher level of risk of domestic abuse among older people. They found the victims are likely to be dependent upon the abuser - often for financial or care support. This is compounded by the fact that it is more difficult for older victims to report the abuse; due to a lack of mental or physical capacity and/or access to a phone or email. 

In short, the charity have made a request for:-

  • Increased relevant training within the medical field; including those who work with older people (particularly those working in hospital admissions and hospital discharges); and
  • Further data on domestic abuse which captures all age groups.

Domestic abuse is a serious issue which continues to blight our society. The Family Courts are equipped to deal with such issues, providing that the person is either in a relationship with or related to that person.

In this event, the Courts will use a Non-Molestation Order, which can contain various conditions forbidding the abuser from carrying out certain acts or encouraging other parties to do so on their behalf. The Courts may also use an Occupation Order, which gives the victim the right to occupy a property at the expense of the abuser.


At Ince Metcalfes, our team of highly experienced solicitors are particularly sensitive in dealing with the needs of older people in these difficult circumstances, and we are well equipped to advise on these matters efficiently and effectively.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family team.

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