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 and Covid-19

Seniors Rights Victoria has analysed data from our helpline and advice service to better understand how the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Victoria affected the clients – and potential clients – of our service. Please read the summary document here, and if you require more information please contact us.

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Seven Years of Elder Abuse Data in Victoria

Seniors Rights Victoria provides an advice call service to older people who have experienced elder abuse. A lawyer and advocate will schedule a phone call or meeting with the older person to give them information specific to their situation. In order to provide this service, extensive information is collected from the older person about their demographics, the elder abuse context and the perpetrator. This de-identified information has been collected for all advice call clients over a seven-year period (July 2012 to June 2019) and analysed to better understand elder abuse within Victoria.
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Seven Years of Elder Abuse Data in Victoria - Summary Report

Summary of the data for all advice call clients who experienced elder abuse over a seven-year period (July 2012 to June 2019) was for this report.
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The Older Person's Experience: Outcomes of Interventions into Elder Abuse

This study aimed to better understand the older person’s experience of elder abuse, the interventions used to address elder abuse and the outcome of the intervention for ex-clients who contacted Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV).
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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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