The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch, has published a report in which he calls for change in how older victims of crime experience the criminal justice system.

The Crime and Justice report, which consulted with older victims of crime, giving an in depth analysis into their experiences as they pass through the criminal justice system, was launched by the Commissioner today (1 May) at Queen’s University.

Welcoming the report, our Charity Director, Paschal McKeown said:

“We welcome today’s launch of the Crime and Justice report from Eddie Lynch, the Commissioner for Older People, in which he calls for change in how older victims of crime experience the criminal justice system.

“Age NI believes it is important that every older person feels safe and secure in their own home and local community.

“We know that the likelihood of an older person being a victim of crime is low but this provides little comfort to older people who report higher levels of fear of crime, impacting on their quality of life. Fear of crime means people are more likely to remain in their own home, isolated and away from local community support that could help build their confidence and trust.

“We also hope that the COPNI study will help us all to better understand the reasons contributing towards lower crime outcomes rates for older people. We believe that listening to the views and experiences of older people is the best way to address these issues and make changes to improve all of our lives as we age.”

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