Scam Awareness Fortnight and Domestic Abuse Toolkit for those in later life

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18 June  

Scams Awareness Fortnight

Scams Awareness Fortnight (15 – 28 June)

During this year’s Scams Awareness Fortnight (15 – 28 June), Citizens Advice is raising awareness of scams that have emerged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and offering advice on how to protect yourself and others against them.

It is more important than ever to be scam aware as criminals seek to exploit uncertainty and fear surrounding the virus outbreak. Citizens Advice has reported that almost one in every three people has been contacted by a scammer since the outbreak began and are urging people to remain vigilant.

They have developed some useful resources and information on recognising these scams and how to avoid them, which can be shared with friends and family.

To find out what to do if you have been a victim or how to report a scam, visit the Citizens Advice website.  

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Domestic Abuse Toolkit launched to support those in later life

The South Devon Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (SDSVDA) in partnership with Splitz has produced a toolkit to support those later in life who may be in abusive relationships.

Older people who are in unhappy relationships, with either a partner, family member or friend, often find it more difficult to seek help. The coronavirus lockdown restrictions have increased this sense of isolation for many, making it even harder for them to access support.

The toolkit, which was launched this week to coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, is specifically designed to help older people, by raising awareness of the signs of abuse and signposting to available support.

If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse help is available on the Victim Care website.