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Authorities confirmed 14,889 cases of abuse committed by relatives against people aged 65 or older in fiscal 2008, up 12.2 percent from a year before, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey showed Friday.

The number of victims totaled 15,293, of which 6,897 were suffering from dementia requiring nursing care. Some 78 percent of victims were women, the ministry said.

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