Seniors Rights Victoria celebrates 10 year milestone

Seniors Rights Victoria celebrates 10 year milestone

We’ve been reflecting on some of the milestone achievements of Seniors Rights Victoria in our first 10 years, with the anniversary date commemorated recently with a small staff party.

More community festivities are being planned for later in the year, but in the meantime we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the difference we can all make fighting elder abuse.

  • Victorian Crime Statistics Agency: Their Family Violence Data Framework adopted significant portions of our feedback, including providing more specific age ranges for people experiencing family violence, their relationship to the perpetrator and cultural background.
  • ASIC requested our submissions on reverse mortgages, we made submissions on meeting with clients alone, mandated interpretation and translation and independent legal and financial advice.
  • Meeting with Ken Wyatt to talk about our take on Elder Abuse
  • NARI Elder Abuse Community Action Plan for Victoria states that they worked in partnership with us and that our input was key.
  • Invited to participate in the Older Women Living Alone (OWLa) advisory group with Bolton Clarke
  • Our Policy Officer Melanie Joosten spoke at for HAAG AGM
  • Melanie also spoke on the Caxton Legal Centre panel on elder abuse, recorded for ABC Big Ideas podcast

Most importantly, we still help older people in our community. Since June 2009, we have had 17,101 calls to our helpline.  Our calls per year now compared to that first year have doubled.  Then, as now, financial elder abuse was the issue that most people called about.

We hope we are making a difference to older people who are at risk or experiencing elder abuse and the service providers who support them. We feel privileged to be #empoweringolderpeople to Stop #elderabuse.