Sunday, July 06, 2008

Finally the elderly take a stand against abuse

Cindy Witten
4 July 2008

At a meeting that took place at to Phakama secondary school in lower cross roads on Thursday 3 July 2008, the aged were advised to report any violence they may have experienced. Numerous reports were filed at various police stations about violence towards the elderly in the community.

Field response unit co-ordinater Winnie Dywili, at the Halt Elder Abuse (HEAL) organisation regularly goes around the Nyanga community and surrounding areas and gives awareness talks on elder abuse.

According to Dywili, abuse is very prevalent in the Townships.
“The people report sexual abuse, financial, emotional, verbally, all those kinds of abuse”.

Dywili urges the seniors to call a toll free number to report any form of abuse.

If you would like to report any form of elder abuse, you can call the HEAL toll free number on: 0800 0030 81.

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