Elder abuse


Research by Senior Rights Victoria suggests that up to 14 per cent of older people may experience physical, emotional, financial, social or sexual abuse, and that social isolation can increase the risk.

If you are worried about someone, you may find Seniors Rights Victoria’s ‘Concerned about an older person?’ helpful.

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 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.

Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is anything that causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust. It is often hidden.

Abuse can happen in any family or relationship. Older people are most vulnerable when they isolated, dependent and have health issues.

If you are concerned about an older person you may find Seniors Rights Victoria's Concerned about an older person? helpful.


For more information about Council’s work in raising awareness of and preventing elder abuse, please refer to PARTICIPATE 2020 – 2025(PDF, 7MB), Council’s Positive Ageing Plan or contact Stephanie Harper on (03) 5422 0258 or sharper@mrsc.vic.gov.au

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is held on 15 June each 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