Pictured above are Dorothy Gilmour, left, and Mary Barry
A project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Melbourne will help raise awareness of elder abuse throughout Australia. ‘Rotary Melbourne is the first and largest club in Australasia,’ said Dorothy Gilmour, who initiated the Rotary Safe Families Program along with Mary Barry.
‘We have created two films and a message from Victoria Police for people to access, download and use as a tool to stem the flow and for prevention of family violence in particular violence against women, its impact on our children and abuse of our elderly,’ said Ms Gilmour.
SRV Manager Jenny Blakey features along with the Commissioner for Senior Victorians Gerard Mansour in the video that discusses elder abuse.
‘I believe that everyone has the right to live safely and with dignity,’ Ms Blakey said in the video. ‘When I came to his job, I was really surprised that older people were not included. My concern is to make a change; to make some difference so that this [elder abuse] does not happen.’
Ms Gilmour is an educator in social sciences and therapist in trauma, loss and grief while Ms Barry was formerly chief executive officer of Our Watch, the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children.
The Rotary Safe Families Program can be used at:
- Rotary meetings throughout Australia
- fund raisers on prevention of family violence/elder abuse
- as an educational or information program in the workplace or community.