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Free Forum on Protecting Your Rights on 1 March

Gerard Mansour, Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, will be speaking on how to protect your rights and prevent elder abuse as you age.

RSVP by 24th February 2017. Bookings essential.
Phone 9581 4783

Wednesday March 1st 10:00am–11:30 am
Venue: Clarinda Community Centre,
58 Viney Street, Clarinda.

See flyer.

Join the walk and campaign against Family Violence – November 25

Seniors Rights Victoria’s staff and many groups will be joining the annual Walk Against Family Violence, which starts at Federation Square in Melbourne at 1pm on Friday 25 November- the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Elder abuse is a form of family violence. Join the 16 day Victoria Against Violence campaign!



Our 2015-16 Snapshot and Annual Report are out!

Seniors Rights Victoria’s Annual Report is out, and with it our first ever 4-page Snapshot of our achievements in 2015-16.  Please circulate widely to raise awareness of all our organisation does.

In 2015-16, amongst other initiatives, we:

  • Hosted the very successful 4th National Elder Abuse Conference, which included noteworthy local and international speakers and 345 delegates
  • Led the organisation of a bigger and better Victorian World Elder Abuse Awareness Day than ever before
  • Established the Elder Abuse Roundtable of experts, to be a voice for people who experience elder abuse and advocate for change
  • Increased our media profile, with a total of 68 stories – up from 42 stories in 2014-15 and 14 in 2012-14
  • Achieved a reported satisfaction rate of between 90% and 100% for our entire education program (delivered to well over 3000 people)
  • Supported the establishment of a Health Justice Partnership service for older people at St Vincent’s Hospital with Justice Connect Seniors Law
  • Received 2696 calls on our Helpline, provided 3429 instances of information, 631 advices (legal and advocacy), 144 secondary consultations to other organisations, and opened a total of 156 new cases
  • Launched, in partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), The Older Person’s Experience – Outcomes of Interventions into Elder Abuse‘’. This research, containing recommendations, is the only Australian study we know of that looks at elder abuse from older peoples’ perspective.
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    Invitation to the launch of the Older Person’s Housing Strategy, 17 November

    This strategy will be crucial for bringing about systemic change for the almost 15,000 homeless people – one in seven of the nation’s homeless – aged 55 and over. Census data shows a 19 per cent increase in the number of older Australians left homeless between 2006 and 2011 and older women are particularly at risk of becoming homeless. Improvements are needed in housing affordability, access, security and supply.



    Our Challenging Ageism paper launched!

    This paper, produced jointly by COTA Vic and Seniors Rights Victoria, was launched on October 1 2016: the International Day of Older People. It provides an overview of ageism in Australia, examples (language, the media, elder abuse, and workplace discrimination), advice on how to stop it, and further resources. Please share it widely: Challenging Ageism

    Your invitation to help develop the RCFV’s Support and Safety Hubs

    Please find an email invitation from the Victoria Government to participate in workshops in October that will develop the Support and Safety Hubs model  recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. For more information, email:

    From:  []

    Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2016 3:51 PM

    Good afternoon,

    You are invited to participate in developing the Support and Safety Hubs model, and to contribute to implementing one of the central recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Royal Commission recommended the introduction of Support and Safety Hubs in each of the 17 Department of Health and Human Service Areas to perform triage, risk and needs assessment and to ensure people are linked in with the services they need at the local level.  You can read more about the Royal Commission’s recommendations for the Support and Safety Hubs in Chapter 13 of the Commission’s report at read more

    Our submission to the ALRC’s national inquiry into elder abuse

    In February 2016, Seniors Rights Victoria hosted the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference in Melbourne, at which the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney General, announced the ground-breaking Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into ‘Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse’. Seniors Rights Victoria’s first submission to the Inquiry  is here.

    Seniors Rights Victoria’s submission is based on our staff’s extensive knowledge and casework and seeks, in line with the Inquiry’s intention, to identify best practices for protecting older Australians while promoting respect for their rights and preferences. We hope that it gives voice to the many people who experience elder abuse that we assist. The submission includes, for example, recommendations to fund research, change Centrelink rules, better oversee supportive and substitute decision-makers, expand the functions of the Office of the Public Advocate, and better educate police, lawyers and other service-providers on elder abuse. In all, there are 17 recommendations on legal and other frameworks that we believe, if adopted, will help eradicate the scourge of elder abuse in Australia in all its manifestations. read more