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 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 might find Seniors Rights Victoria's Concerned about an older person? helpful.

Macedon Ranges Elder Rights Network

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is leading the establishment of the Macedon Ranges Elder Rights Network. The network aims to raise awareness of elder abuse as a means to preventing it. We would like to hear from community groups, organisations and individuals who are interested in finding out more or supporting this important work.

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 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