Elder abuse

As an older person, you have the right to live safely and to be free from harm and 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. There are practical steps you can take to safeguard your rights and assets

If you are being harmed, or are under pressure to make a decision against your wishes by people close to you, you can contact Seniors Rights Victoria’s Helpline on 1300 368 821. If you are worried about someone else, you may find Seniors Rights Victoria’s ‘Concerned about an older person?’ helpful.

If it is an emergency call 000 (triple zero).

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.

Older people are most vulnerable when isolated, depend on others for their care and have health issues. But abuse can happen in any family or relationship.

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


For more information about Council’s work in raising awareness of and preventing elder abuse, refer to Council's Positive Ageing Plan, PARTICIPATE 2020 – 2025(PDF, 7MB), or call Hayley Short on (03) 5422 0333 or email hshort@mrsc.vic.gov.au.