Filipino community tackles elder abuse

Filipino advisory groupA new advisory group for the Filipino community has been formed to tackle the issue of elder abuse as part of a project by Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria’s (ECCV).

Representatives of Filipino community groups across Victoria are participating. Their role is to advise ECCV on how to raise awareness of the issue of mistreatment of older people including identifying the cultural context and perceptions of elder abuse among older people in the Filipino community.  Their advice will guide the project in developing a community education strategy.

The ECCV project aims to raise awareness of elder abuse, its prevention and relevant supports amongst culturally and linguistically diverse seniors across Victoria.  It is a three-year project that begun in 2012 and is working with six ethnic communities, focusing on two communities each year.