What happens when relationships with friends and family go wrong?
The short film Within My Walls is a glimpse into the lives of older people in suburban Melbourne, who have been affected by mistreatment at the hands of their families. Launched by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) with Intafusion films on 15 October, this landmark film is a community education tool designed to generate discussion about the topic of elder abuse.
Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological and/or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, culture or religion, but because of shame, stigma, lack of awareness and options, it may be more hidden and under-reported in ethnic communities than in the general population. “ECCV’s advisory groups identified factors such as stigma about accepting help outside the family, not knowing where to go for help and increased dependency on adult children due to migration”, said ECCV’s deputy chairperson Marion Lau OAM.