Around 89 cases of violence against elderly people were recorded in 10 Montenegrin towns last year. According to the data provided by the Center for Social Welfare in Podgorica, Herceg Novi, Ulcinj, Bar, Plav, Gusinje, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Berane and Bijelo Polje, the bullies are mostly family members.
Representatives of the Center for Social Welfare in Podgorica say that 50 applications of violence were submitted in 2017. The oldest victim was an 82-year-old grandma.
“All types of violence were recorded- physical, mental and economic. These last two types are difficult to prove and elderly people are often not aware that they are suffering. Therefore, one of the basic roles of our service is to inform people about the types of violence, as well as about their rights and possibilities of prevention of future similar situations”, say the representatives of this Service.
The main problem, as they say, is that elderly people usually feel embarrassed to admit that they have problems of this kind in their family. Sometimes, victims even think that they have to suffer.
One of the reasons of family conflicts is the division of property. Older family members are often deceived by younger ones, who want their kids to inherit everything. Consequently, elderly people remain alone and with nobody to care about them.
The procedure is the same in every town. Representatives of the Center call the potential victim for a conversation to define the next steps, according to an individual case. With adequate documentation, some persons may exercise right to material security or subsidies for care and assistance. Elderly people might even be places in the nursing home, if that’s their free will.
Eight cases of violence were recorded in Berane, three in Bijelo Polje, where children committed violence against their parents, eleven cases were recorded in Mojkovac and two in Kolašin. In Herceg Novi, there were 11 cases of violence whereas in Ulcinj and Bar there were 2 and 7 such cases, respectively.