Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
Elder abuse is one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, and most commonly occurs within the family. Whilst elder abuse is believed to be greatly under-reported, the World Health Organisation estimates that it affects between 1 to 10% of older people worldwide.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Our services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals and community and professional education. Seniors Rights Victoria also provides leadership on policy and law reform and works with other organisations to raise awareness of elder abuse.
If you, your client or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please contact our free, confidential Helpline: 1300 368 821. Everyone has the right to be safe. No one deserves to be abused.