Policy Briefs

In order to fully support older victims and their families, Hourglass must shape the political and policy debate around the abuse of older people. Hourglass wants to create and influence policy that changes lives and ways of thinking.

 

This isn’t about growing old gracefully. Safer ageing is about creating environments and procedures that allow all of us to stay involved in our communities as we age and to implement support to prevent isolation, neglect and abuse. In the policy landscape, safer ageing can help decision makers consider the different needs of older people and identify where changes can reduce the risk of abuse and improve outcomes for victims.

 

Suicide and Self Harm in Older PeoplePolicy Brief - Last updated January 2022

Suicide and Self-harm Among Older Adults.

Do older adults face barriers to domestic abuse support services and mental health support services? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the key issues surrounding the mental health of older people, in particular self-harm and suicide. In this piece, Hourglass outlines its future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, practitioners.

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse briefPolicy Brief - Last updated October 2021

A UK-Wide Approach to Adult Protection: National policy on powers.

Does England need stronger powers of entry legislation? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the policy and legislation on current adult protection powers in the four nations, specifically concentrating on power of entry. Within this piece, Hourglass outlines the background, examines the salient issues in this area, and outlines key future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners. 

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse brief

Policy Brief - Last updated October 2021

Building a National Picture of The Abuse of Older People: Domestic Abuse of Older People.

Do older people suffer from domestic abuse? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the key issues, trends, and barriers surrounding the domestic abuse of older people. Within this piece, Hourglass outlines its work on championing amendments for the Domestic Abuse Bill, as well as lays down future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners.

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse brief

Policy Brief - Last updated May 2021

Improving Protections Against Economic Abuse: Policy, Practice, and the Law.

What is economic abuse, and how does it affect older people? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the perpetration, impact, and cost of economic abuse, and illustrates how older people comprehend its effects. Within this piece, Hourglass advocates for greater protection for older people from economic abuse, and outlines key future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners. 

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse brief

Policy Brief - Last updated December 2020

‘They don’t want to be a bother. They don’t want to be a burden’: Improving justice outcomes for older people.

How does the criminal justice system treat older people? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the key issues, policy, and barriers to support that older people face when interacting with the criminal justice system. Within this piece, Hourglass summarises its position, and outlines key future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners. 

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse brief

Policy Brief - Last updated October 2021

Building a National Picture of The Abuse of Older People: The implications of data collection.

How can better data collection practices enable us to understand and support older people? This Hourglass policy briefing papers explores the background of data collection and investigates the notion that older people are excluded from datasets. Within this piece, Hourglass champions the need for good data practice on the abuse of older people, and outlines key future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners.

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse brief

Policy Brief - Last updated December 2020

Safer Ageing Policy in a Pandemic UK: "I have felt lonely, depressed and forgotten".

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected older people and safer ageing in the UK? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the policy decisions and areas of critical concern surrounding the treatment of older people during the pandemic, specifically concentrating on care home issues, misuse of do not resuscitate orders, and increased loneliness. Within this piece, Hourglass outlines the background, examines the salient issues in this area, and outlines key future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners.

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Hourglass policy domestic abuse brief

Policy Brief - Last updated December 2020

Should Age Be a Protected Characteristic Under Hate Crime Law?

Should crimes committed against older people be charged as hate crimes? This Hourglass policy briefing paper explores the background and context of hate crime legislation, and questions whether age and older people should be protected by it. Within this piece, Hourglass examines the viability of a statutory aggravation based on vulnerability, and outlines key future policy recommendations for policymakers, legislators, and practitioners.  

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