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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.

Your rights

We all have the right to live safely and to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what age we are. Learn more about your rights.
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Seniors Rights Victoria

Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) is the lead state-wide organisation tackling elder abuse in Victoria. We work with people to increase their degree of self-determination, enabling them to represent their own interests and claim their rights.
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Resources and Education

Resources and education

We provide support, resources and education to raise awareness of and to help prevent elder abuse.
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Policy and Research

Policy and research

We work to prevent elder abuse by advocating for particular policy positions and law reform.
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Seven Years of Elder Abuse Data in Victoria

Some facts and figures about elder abuse

More women than men — 72% to 28% — seek advice from Seniors Rights Victoria with family members the most likely (91%) to perpetrate the abuse. These were some of the findings of Seven Years of Elder Abuse Data in Victoria, a joint report released in August 2020 by Seniors Rights Victoria and the National Ageing Research Institute.
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Safety and Emergencies
Vic's story
Vic lives independently in his own home with some home care assistance provided weekly. He’s active with a local walking group...
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SRV Shauna's story
Shauna's story
Shauna is 75. Recently her only son, Patrick, moved back home with her after her husband died. Her son has substance abuse issues...
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Beatrice's story
Beatrice is 70 years old. She has been married for 49 years and has three grown children. She is receiving temporary home after-care...
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Latest news and events

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SRV Planning for your future video series
New Video Series
This video series offers a guide about why it’s important to plan for your future, how to talk to those you trust, what decisions they may need to make for…
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Stir A Cuppa WEAAD
The annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Forum focussed on ageing this year. The panel discussion, Conversations on Ageing was facilitated by the...
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Households Tip Sheet
Many situations can lead to the formation of intergenerational households, where several members of different ages from the same family live together…
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If you, or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, help is available through our confidential helpline on 1300 368 821. If it is an emergency, call 000.
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