A 28 year old woman has been charged with domestic violence and elder abuse following in incident in Thirroul yesterday afternoon.
Police say they were called to the home in Station Street. When they arrived they heard moaning, shouting and slapping noises.
Officers went around the back of the home where they claim to have seen the younger woman walking an 81 year old woman through the house. They say as the older woman fell, she was verbally abused and punched on her leg.
Police say they then saw the younger woman lift both of the 81 year old’s legs so she fell onto her back.
The 28 year old woman, the carer and legal guardian of the 81 year old dementia patient, has been arrested and charged.
The 81 year old woman was transported to Wollongong Hospital and alternate care is being arranged.
Inspector Don Faulds from Wollongong Police says elder abuse can take various forms, including physical, psychological, emotional, and financial abuse.
“These vulnerable people need the community’s help to be their voice,” he says. “In this instance one call from the public has stopped this horrific act.
“Attending police did a great job with the victim’s welfare until Ambulance arrived. To see an elderly woman treated in this way was described by attending police as disgraceful.”