Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed news a service designed to help anyone concerned about the abuse of an older person is to be launched in the near future.
The Elder Abuse Response Helpline will see a team of dedicated volunteers take calls from those worried about an older person being harmed or abused.
“As a society, we are judged by how we treat and protect our weakest members. We cannot accept the abuse or harm of anyone, particularly our elderly, who are often unable to report such incidents themselves,” said East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson.
“This helpline will be of assistance to give information, support and advice for those who believe abuse may be occurring, while referring them to agencies if necessary.
“Public awareness of this issue is vital and by increasing it, we can encourage those experiencing abuse or who believe it may be happening to come forward and help tackle it.”
The Elder Abuse Response Helpline is free, confidential and available on 0808 808 8141