Category Archives: Prevention

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Seniors Rights Victoria is in planning mode for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), remembered globally on June 15 each year, including the development of key themes for the 2018 celebrations.

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated that day for WEAAD as the main day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people.

An increasing number of activities and events are held across the globe on this day to raise awareness of elder abuse, and highlight ways to challenge such abuse. Information on activities in Victoria will be updated on our WEAAD website as details become available, and you can also register your own event. Look for our updated WEAAD Toolkit which should be available by the end of April, customise this media release for your own event and order your WEAAD merchandise. read more

The Power Project – older women and sexual abuse

Seniors Rights Victoria participated in the launch of the Power Project at last month’s National Elder Abuse Awareness Conference, contributing to an awareness campaign by the OPAL Institute about the sexual abuse of older women.

The Power Project was launched with an interdisciplinary panel hosted by media celebrity Virginia Trioli which included representatives from the police, family violence services, legal and elder abuse services, sexual assault and advocacy services – all discussing the sexual abuse of older women by their partners, family members and service providers. read more

Ageing without fear – a discussion on elder abuse as family violence

One of the key results of the 2016 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence was the recognition of elder abuse as family violence.  Nevertheless, the Royal Commission acknowledged that older people would have very specific needs that would need to be addressed by the family violence sector. A year into the reforms, gaps remain in how best to integrate older people in the service.  The family violence sector, focused on intimate partner violence, may not be presently equipped to cater to the needs of older people experiencing other types of elder abuse.  Further, older people experiencing elder abuse may not see their situation as one of family violence. read more

Launch of Elder Abuse Prevention Network in Ballarat

Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services Sharon Knight MP neatly summed up the purpose of elder abuse prevention networks at the launch last month of the Victorian Government’s newest location, the Central Highlands Elder Abuse Prevention Project in Ballarat.

“The aim is to take prevention to where older Victorians meet and to the people who interact with them the most,” Ms Knight said. “We want them to know they will be supported and understood, and that help is at hand.”

The new network is hosted by Ballarat Community Health and is one of 10 across the state being funded by the Victorian Government. Its launch reiterated the touch-points for older people in the community with attendee representatives of many community groups including the Men’s Shed and the U3A, councils, aged care, health services and Victoria Police. read more

New – Elder Abuse Prevention brochures and community education kits in 6 community languages

Seniors Rights Victoria has continued to work over the past year with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) and a number of CALD communities to develop resources for those communities about elder abuse. New brochures and community education kits are now available in Russian, Vietnamese, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tamil (brochure only) from our Online Elder Abuse Toolkit Resource Library.

Panel – Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow

COTA Victoria and Transgender Victoria bring you a panel discussion on the issues to consider in planning for the future by LGBTI communities. If you are a member of the LGBTI community, work in the area or are just interested in the issues, please come along to this dynamic discussion.

When: Mon 15 May, 9.00 am to 11.00 am
Where: Maddocks, The Boardroom on Level 25, 727 Collins St, Melbourne.

To book call 1300 13 50 90 or email avidyasagar@cotavic.org.au. See flyer for more details.

Free ‘Legal Matters and Ageing’ forum for seniors

Making an Enduring Power of Attorney can help give you choice and control about how your affairs are handled into the future as you age. Seniors Rights Victoria will cover all aspects of Enduring Powers of Attorney at this free Law Week  forum hosted by U3A.

Bookings essential, call Denise on 0439 321 250 by 15 May. See the flyer for more information.

When: 18 May 2017, 1.00 -2.30 pm
Where: Ballarat North Community Centre,  702 Walker Street, North Ballarat

New Elder Abuse Prevention Networks project

Seniors Rights Victoria has received a grant of $85,000 from State Trustees Australia Foundation, to conduct action research on good practice models for local Elder Abuse Prevention Networks. Up to 10 Networks will be set up throughout Victoria as part of the Government’s preventative response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Networks link local organisations – such as health centres, council home carers, and seniors clubs to raise awareness of elder abuse and implement local prevention strategies. This is one of three projects funded by the Foundation as part of its Elder Abuse Prevention and Response grants program. read more