Should elder abuse be criminalised?

To link with this year’s Law Week activities hosted in May and in advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June, Seniors Rights Victoria has released some additional discussion papers covering some legal complexities linked with elder abuse.

The initial series of discussion papers released aim to build understanding between the family violence sector and older people experiencing elder abuse, acknowledging that despite the progress of reforms into family violence, gaps remain on how best to integrate older people in this space.

Topics covered are: elder abuse as family violence, elder abuse and gender and preventing elder abuse.

Seniors Rights Victoria has now produced some discussion papers to cover some of the legal aspects our service is often asked by family violence service providers, concerned family members, the community and sometimes older people.

The topics are:

  1. Mandatory reporting – which discusses Seniors Rights Victoria’s position that mandatory reporting diminishes the right of older people to make decisions about their own lives, and would fail to prevent elder abuse or promote the safety of older people experiencing abuse.
  2. Criminal law and elder abuse – which delves into whether a specific law criminalising elder abuse is necessary.

Seniors Rights Victoria encourages you to read these discussion papers and continue to contribute to the reforms in this space. Feedback is welcome by emailing marking the email subject headline Elder Abuse discussion papers.