Everybody deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
Elder abuse comes in many forms. It can be financial, emotional or psychological, physical, sexual, or neglect. Some forms of abuse, such as sexual abuse, are criminal acts. Elder abuse can occur once, or many times. It can include one or a combination of the different types of abuse. Our case studies below provide anonymous examples of elder abuse.
Elder abuse can be intentional or unintentional. Most often the abuse is carried out by someone known to the older person. In many cases, the person responsible is a family member, friend, professional, or paid caregiver. Elder abuse affects people of all genders and all walks of life. The abuse, however, disproportionately women. Two thirds of people seeking help from Seniors Rights Victoria are women.
Elder abuse can happen in any kind of family or relationship. It can range from a person not considering an older person’s needs to someone intentionally causing harm.
Seniors Rights Victoria provide information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. We help Victorians 60 and above, or any Indigenous Victorians 45 and above.