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17.06.2016

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In all societies, elderly people are considered a vulnerable group, besides women and children, since they frequently find themselves in the grip of violence. Due to the rapidly ageing society, violence against the elderly is becoming an increasingly acute issue. The proportion of older people in the social structure is increasing, which is why various forms of violence against the elderly population can frequently be observed. This type of violence can occur within families as well as institutions or it can be inflicted by third parties.

The problem is that there are not enough data and research available on violence against the elderly despite the fact that violence, either hidden or revealed, is a growing problem. Violence against the elderly is probably one of the most controversial topics when it comes to domestic violence. Many people refuse to hear anything about it, deny its existence and, most of all, do not know how to act when confronted with it.

Since elderly people have limited options for solving the distress by themselves due to health issues or dependence on the assistance of other people, it is even more important to acknowledge their distress and take appropriate actions.

The society is becoming increasingly sensitive and perceptible to this phenomenon. A draft amendment to the Family Violence Prevention Act, which is currently at the final stage of preparation, will, among other things, expand the definition of domestic violence. Within the network for preventing violence, a network of different social security programs for elderly people has been established as well as various emergency accommodation facilities, where elderly people can receive immediate assistance and support.

With its international activities in promoting the rights of elderly people, Slovenia remains among the most active states in this field. Upon the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was held on 15th June, Slovenia, together with Argentina, established a group of states which will both represent and further improve the rights of elderly people at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.


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