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New SRV Brochure being Launched for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June 2022

This year, as part of the annual Stir a Cuppa with Seniors, Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) will put a spotlight on the important role of seniors, as grandparents, aunts, uncles and mentors in families.

Intergenerational relationships can have the capacity to provide direct positive impact to young people’s health and well-being, from childhood through to adulthood. However, there are times when grandparents may face challenges in their role within the family.

As part of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) event on 15th June, SRV will release its new brochure for grandparents, providing invaluable information on the importance of grandparents in family life.

In a report produced by Seniors Rights Victoria in 2020, which reviewed issues in SRV cases, the main challenges for grandparents were:

  • Being estranged from grandchildren
  • The threat of alienation used to coerce grandparents into providing financial support (e.g. paying for school fees)
  • Feeling pressure to provide financial or other support for grandchildren
  • Issues relating to informal and casual caregiving and
  • Being concerned for the safety of their grandchildren in the face of family violence.

The brochure for grandparents will provide helpful information on places to obtain support and advice on the issues that a grandparent might face.

SRV Principal Lawyer and Manager, Dr. Rebecca Edwards said “grandparents will sometimes express concern for their grandchildren’s safety in a family violence situation. Grandparents can be instrumental in ensuring the well-being of grandchildren in these circumstances.

“Seniors Rights Victoria can refer grandparents to other services which can assist in the protection of grandchildren when family violence occurs.”

The 2022 WEAAD Stir A Cuppa with Seniors will be held on June 15th in Melbourne. To register please telephone 9655 2129.

To seek advice or support contact SRV Helpline on 1300 368 821.

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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