A toolkit to help raise awareness about violence in older people’s relationships.

The Toolkit has been developed by the South Devon Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (SVDVA), because they know that older people, 50 and above, who are not in happy and healthy relationships can find it difficult to find support.

The ability to recognise the signs of abuse and to be aware of options available are some of the key aspects of the toolkit, which will improve safety and personal wellbeing.

It is important to remember that relationships are not always between couples. Domestic abuse can happen within any family dynamic, regardless of age or gender.

Instances of abuse are very varied. It could be someone is controlling life decisions or causing physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological harm in some way, but it is never too late to seek support to be safe and happy. There are always options and choices.

The ‘Relationships Later in Life’ toolkit is available to download from the Splitz website: www.splitz.org/resources/talk-toolkits.html

If you are being abused, or if you have any concerns that an older person you know may be at risk of, or experiencing abuse, Police have dedicated domestic abuse officers who will help and advise you. Call 101 for help and guidance or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.  Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to report to the police, you may wish to contact Victim Support directly.  Call your local Victim Support Team in Devon and Cornwall on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday.