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Information and resources for older Victorians, service providers and the broader community.

Elder abuse comes in many forms. It can be financial, emotional or psychological, physical, sexual, mistreatment or neglect. Elder abuse can occur once, or many times.

It can include one or a combination of the different types of abuse. Most often, elder abuse is carried out by someone known to the older person, with two thirds of abusers being an adult child. Abusers can also be other family members, relatives or friends. 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. Many forms of elder abuse can be criminal acts.

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.

Resources

Seniors Rights works to increase awareness of elder abuse in the Victorian community. We provide online, printed and face-to-face resources for community members and professionals to:

  • raise awareness of the incidence and effects of elder abuse
  • raise awareness of what causes elder abuse
  • provide information and tools to help reduce the incidence of elder abuse.
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Professional education

Our free professional education sessions are designed to improve the understanding and awareness of elder abuse of professionals, working directly with older people.
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Community education

We provide free and accessible workshops and presentations for older people, family members and carers.

Empowerment and prevention frameworks underpin our approach to community education.

We aim to raise awareness of abuse, build the capacity of the community to respond to abuse and enable older people to act.
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Policy and research

Seniors Rights Victoria advances the rights of older people and works to prevent elder abuse by advocating for policy positions and law reform. We make submissions to bodies including Royal Commissions, and federal and Victorian Parliamentary Enquiries. Where relevant, we provide comments and recommendations on proposed legislation.

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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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