Merton released a set of balloons to represent the cases of elder abuse it had investigated as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Friday 15 June).
A stand was also set up in Merton Link for visitors and residents to find out more information about the services available for elder people such as MASCOT and direct payments.
Leading charity Action on Alder Abuse (AEA) co-ordinated a series of events around the country to mark the day. AEA also launched a consultation on what further legislative powers might be needed to gain access to, and protect vulnerable people who may be imprisoned by their abusers in their own homes.
AEA chief executive Gary Fitzgerald said: We know from calls to our helpline, that there are situations in which abusers can deny access and protection to their victims. The Government and Safeguarding agencies need to consider how we overcome these obstacles and provide genuine protection to people.”
Cabinet member for adult social care and health Councillor Linda Kirby said: “Elder Abuse is unacceptable in our society and must not be tolerated. Raising awareness is vital so that people can understand what it is and how they can help to stop it. Merton’s Safeguarding Adults Team is there to support.”