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Seniors Rights Victoria can provide you with help to tackle elder abuse.


Elder abuse comes in many forms. It can be financial, emotional or psychological, physical, sexual, or neglect. Some forms of abuse, such as sexual abuse, are criminal acts. Elder abuse can occur once, or many times. It can include one or a combination of the different types of abuse.

Elder abuse is usually intentional. Most often the abuse is carried out by someone known to the older person. In many cases, the person responsible is a family member, relative or friend. Elder abuse affects people of all genders and all walks of life. The abuse, however, disproportionately affects women. Two thirds of people seeking help from Seniors Rights Victoria are women.

Elder abuse can happen in any kind of family or relationship. It can range from a person not considering an older person’s needs to someone intentionally causing harm.

Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. We help Victorians 60 and above, or any Indigenous Victorians 45 and above.

Get help for me

If you are experiencing elder abuse, we can help you to get it to stop.

If you feel unsafe in anyway, you should call the police on 000  At Seniors Rights Victoria, our experienced advocates and legal advisors will talk to you confidentially about what you are going through and how we can help you to stop it.

We can help any Victorian aged 60 and above, or any Indigenous Victorian aged 45 and above.
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Get help for someone else

Support from friends, community or family members is an important part of increasing safety for someone living with abuse. If you are concerned for an older person, but are not sure exactly what is going on, Seniors Rights Victoria can provide information and advice.
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Other support

Other organisations

Many general and specialised services can help people who are experiencing elder abuse or those who are concerned about someone who might be.
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Other organisations
Community Groups

Community Groups

Connecting with a local community group or organisation can improve your mental and physical health. Many offer ways to stay connected via online platforms, so even if you can’t physically get to a group activity or meeting you can still connect to them online.

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Languages

If you speak a language other than English, you may contact us through the Telephone Interpreter Service on 131 450  This is a free service.

We also feature fact sheets about elder abuse in several languages.
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If you are deaf, have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service (NRS).
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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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