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It should be the responsibility of care providers to report neglect of older people to social services, Stephen Lowe of Age UK has told ITV News.
"It's down to services to make people feel confident that they won't face reprisals," he said.
Reacting to new data published by Charity Age UK showing a rise in the number of reports of suspected abuse of vulnerable older people, a Department of Health (DH) spokesman said:
Three fifths of the 112,000 cases referred by English councils were for abuse against vulnerable adults - described in the report as people who are or may be in need of community care services because they are elderly or suffer mental illness, a disability or another ailment - aged 65 or over.
Physical abuse and neglect were the most common types of abuse reported, the HSCIC experimental figures show.
Care workers and family were the most likely alleged abusers, according to the report.
New findings suggest care workers and family are the most likely alleged abusers of elderly people.
Findings from Age UK have revealed a rise in the number of reports of suspected abuse of elderly people.
There has been a "disturbing" rise in the number of reports of suspected abuse of vulnerable older people, a charity has warned.
The charity made its comments after analysis of data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed that there was a four per cent rise in the number of cases of alleged abuse referred for investigation in the past year.
English councils referred 112,000 cases of alleged abuse against vulnerable adults for investigation in 2012/13, up from 108,000 during the previous year.