Elder abuse

Overview

As an older person, you have the right to live safely and to be free from harm and abuse. 

If you are being harmed or are under pressure to make a decision against your wishes by people close to you, there are practical steps that you can take to safeguard your rights and assets. 

There are also resources and services available to assist you if you are subject to financial, physical or psychological abuse.

For more information call 1300 368 821 or go to Seniors Rights Victoria.

What is elder abuse?

‘Elder abuse’ is “any act occurring within a relationship where there is an implication of trust, which results in harm to an older person. Abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/or neglect.” (Australian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ANPEA) 1999).

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is held on 15 June every year.

WEAAD is a call-to-action for individuals, organisations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

WEAAD also supports the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging elder abuse as a significant public health and human rights issue.

For more information, visit the Seniors Rights Victoria website