Elder Abuse

Did you know that approximately 15 per cent of older people will have experienced elder abuse in the past 12 months?

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Elder abuse is a unique, and often very personal, form of abuse. It comes in many forms, including financial, emotional, psychological, physical, and sexual; it also includes mistreatment or neglect. It can range from a person not considering an older person’s needs to someone intentionally causing harm.

Most often, elder abuse is carried out by someone known to the older person and in a position of trust, with two thirds of abusers being an adult child. It affects people of all genders and all walks of life, but it does disproportionately affect women.

Elder abuse is a real and ongoing threat in our community. Abuse of older people can have serious impacts on physical and mental health as well as significant financial, and social consequences. Concerningly, the ongoing effects of the pandemic and economic stresses are increasing the pressures that contribute to elder abuse.

A dangerous component of elder abuse is that it is often hidden and under reported. There is currently no national data on the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia, with precise numbers hard to pin down.

This is why it so important that we look out for older Victorians to make sure they can get the support they need if they are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing elder abuse. Elder abuse is a complex issue, and it is vital that it is navigated with care. Fortunately, there is support out there for older Victorians to help protect them and end the abuse. So, if you know or suspect that an older person in your life is experiencing elder abuse, there is help available.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is 15 June.

Learn more about events taking place around Victoria at the WEAAD website.

Victoria Police

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe or life-threatening situation, call 000.

Seniors Rights Victoria

If you are experiencing elder abuse and would like information and advice, help is available.

Elders Rights Advocacy

For support with Commonwealth funded aged care services:

Seniors Online Victoria 

For further assistance, visit the Seniors Online Victoria website.

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