According to data released by APAV on the International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated on 1 October, APAV reveals that most victims are female (75%), aged between 70 and 74 years and that in 29% of cases the victim is the father or mother of the perpetrator, with more than half of the victims (820) being retired.
The areas of residence of the victims are mostly the big cities: Lisbon (23.4%), Porto (18.1%), with data from APAV revealing that Faro had (12.4%).
Recognising that violence against older people is "a social and public health problem", APAV stresses that "its effective combat can contribute to a more inclusive future, where everyone is respected throughout the life cycle, namely in the context of active and healthy ageing".
APAV provides legal, psychological and social support to elderly people and their families, relying on the collaboration of other institutions, public and private, and "with the neighbours and acquaintances of the victims whose role can be very important, especially in denouncing situations of violence", it stresses.
The association also argues that these crimes "cannot be left in silence", and says it’s victim support line, 116 006 can be called on weekdays, from 8am to 10pm, which is a free and confidential number.