Policy and research

Seniors Rights Victoria advances the rights of older people and works to prevent elder abuse by advocating for policy changes and law reform. This involves making submissions to government inquiries and Royal Commissions, promoting our policy positions through discussion papers, and conducting and taking part in research to better understand the contexts in which elder abuse occurs.

The following resources are available:

Elder abuse, mental health and wellbeing

This policy discussion paper considers elder abuse, mental health and wellbeing in the context of the Victorian Government decision to undergo system-wide reform by enacting all recommendations made by the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System. 
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Elder Abuse and Criminal Law Discussion Paper

This discussion paper aims to explore the laws already in place to prevent elder abuse, whether there should be a specific crime of elder abuse and the potential effect of such laws.
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Elder Abuse as Family Violence Discussion Paper

This discussion paper explains how elder abuse is a form of family violence, and draws attention to its unique causes and characteristics.
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Elder Abuse, Gender and Sexuality Discussion Paper

This discussion paper explores the ways gender and sexual identity can affect an individual’s experience of elder abuse, mistreatment and disrespect. It also includes a discussion of the often under recognised crime of sexual assault of older women.
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Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse Discussion Paper

Callers to our service often ask why there is no requirement that a person report elder abuse, similar to mandatory reporting frameworks that exist in other countries or in other contexts, such as child protection.
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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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