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Safeguarding Ireland call for tougher laws that would encourage the public to ‘call out’ abuse of vulnerable adults May 20, 2019

Tougher laws would encourage the public to ‘call out’ abuse of vulnerable adults

10% have witnessed abuse of a vulnerable adult in the past year

Public seeks dedicated 24-hour helpline for adult abuse

10% of Irish adults have witnessed adult abuse in the past year and 81% have said that tougher laws would encourage them to take greater action to combat abuse – according to new research commissioned by Safeguarding Ireland.

The Red C research found that 12% of those who witnessed abuse of a vulnerable adult in the past year did nothing at all, while 47% discussed it with the person being abused and 40% discussed it with a trusted person.

Just 15% sought professional advice – and 3% reported what they witnessed to an authority such as the HSE or Gardaí.

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