Media Release – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event on 15 June

Media Release WEAAD 14 June 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Invitation to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event

1-2pm, Wednesday June 15, Lander & Rogers law firm, 12/600 Bourke St, Melbourne

  • Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Hon. Fiona Richardson MP, to speak about the Government’s actions on elder abuse
  • Launch of new research report: ‘The older person’s experience: outcomes of interventions into elder abuse’

Please join us to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an annual day designated by the UN to focus public attention on this insidious problem. As well as the Minister’s speech and the launch of the report by Freda Vrantsidis, of the National Ageing Research Institute; Jenny Blakey, Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria, will host the event, and long-time peer educator, Jennifer Evans, will present a short story and video. A light lunch is provided.

As journalists know, it is very difficult to find people who have experienced elder abuse – a form of family violence – who are willing to speak to the media. The new report, by Seniors Rights Victoria and the National Ageing Research Institute, gives voice to some of these people: it is the only Australian study we know of that aims to better understand elder abuse (interventions and outcomes) from their perspective. The report also contains recommendations, formed from the advice of the courageous participants, which will be of great use to both older people and policy-makers alike.

Elder abuse is vastly under- reported, but the World Health Organisation estimates that up to 10 per cent of older people worldwide are affected. Elder abuse is defined as any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Like other forms of family violence, elder abuse is about one person having control over another. It reflects the gender inequality and the inequality arising from ageism that is rife in our society today.

Older Victorians experiencing elder abuse can get help by calling Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821 Monday to Friday. Seniors Rights Victoria is a program of COTA Vic and is supported by the Victorian Government. See events in Victoria for WEAAD: http://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/events/

ENDS.             To RSVP to the event, and for more information or interviews, please contact Caitlin Evans on (03) 9655 2119, 0423707549 or via cevans@seniorsrights.org.au.