SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 2, 2018 – As the population is rapidly aging in Korea, elder abuse is becoming a social problem. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, a total of 1,470 cases of what appeared to be the elder abuse were reported last year to the city-run elder protection centers. It was a 31.6 percent increase from 2016. Among them, 440 cases (an average of 35 to 40 cases a month) were finally confirmed the case.
Those who reported include – 288 police officers or autonomous district office workers (65.5%), 53 persons bound in duty to give the notification (12.1%), 49 relatives (11.1%), 29 persons aggrieved (6.6%), and 21 others (4.8%).
The highest number of people who mistreated old people turned out to be their son (220 cases, 44.5%), followed by spouses (112, 24.7%) and daughters (54, 11.9%). The abuses committed by family members account for 88.3 percent of the total cases.
To help the victims, Seoul’s two elder protection centers are providing legal and medical consultation and information, temporary protection, and referral services. They sent professional crew members to the scene upon a case of abuse being reported to protect a victim from an assailant, and to provide medical services if needed.
In addition to it, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has designated three emergency medical centers for a quick response to the victim’s physical damages. Also, four temporary shelters are being operated for those who need an urgent protection.