COVID-19 has amplified domestic violence, abuse, and neglect of older people in most countries worldwide.
According to a report by HelpAge International released on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, there are rising reports of older people facing abuse, robberies, kidnapping and domestic violence during corona virus crisis, while in some countries they are being left to die when suffering from COVID-19.
HelpAge International today noted that before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 1 in 6 older people were subjected to abuse.
The report added that however emerging evidence indicates that this has sharply increased in many countries as a direct result of the pandemic.
The report expressed that anecdotal evidence suggests that economic stresses caused by the COVID-19 crisis are increasing the incidence of economic abuse of older people.
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