Study reveals 12.3% of old people victims of violence in Portugal

A shocking study had revealed that 12.3% of Portugal’s elderly can end up victims of violence on the part of either relatives, ‘friends’ or neighbours.

Numbers released by APAV (association for victim support) translate into 123 out of every 1,000 people over the age of 60 being vulnerable. The study resulted from three years’ worth of research and was presented in Porto this week, during a conference on domestic violence.

The conference came just a day after news that two old people had been brutally murdered in different parts of the country. One, a 74-year-old woman, had been dumped in a rubbish bin once her killer/s had robbed her of her pension (see: