Over 60s invited to take part in domestic abuse study

People in Somerset who are aged over 60 and have experienced domestic violence are being invited to take part in a new study.

Somerset County Council has funded research to find out how well current services are meeting the needs of the over 60s.

The project also wants to hear from anyone who has an interest in helping develop future services.

Taking part will involve an anonymous interview, by phone or in person.

"Somerset has an ageing population and safeguarding vulnerable people is a priority for the council," said Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Adult Social Care.

"It is important that we make sure that the services we have in place can support everyone who is affected by domestic violence, whatever their age."

Dr Julie McGarry from Nottingham University, who is leading the project, said: "This project will help to identify how appropriate support and services might be improved for older people who have experienced domestic abuse."

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