Compass is a national website navigating elder abuse in Australia. Compass aims to create a national focus on elder abuse by raising awareness and connecting people to services and information tackling elder abuse.
Compass is hosting a free webinar that will help you identify the key risk factors and warning signs that are connected to the abuse of older people. Register here.
Join the conversation and have your questions answered.
Compass is bringing together experts from across the community, to help you identify the key risk factors and the early warning signs that are connected to the abuse of older people.
The webinar will highlight types of abuse, common behaviours of perpetrators and tactics that are used. The webinar will also identify ways you can respond if you are experiencing abuse or if you are a witness to abuse or suspect elder abuse is happening to someone you know.
Learn about the risk factors connected with elder abuse
Find out more about the warning signs connected to abuse
Learn about the people and supports you can turn to, things you can do, and resources you can access.
Find out what you can do, and the best ways to respond if you are concerned about someone else
Tilé Imo – Coordinating Senior Lawyer, Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service at the Caxton Legal Centre Inc Tilé has been the Coordinating Senior Lawyer of the Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS) since August 2019. OPALS is Queensland’s first health justice partnership providing free legal and social work assistance to older people experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse.
Sonia Colvin –Founder of Hairdressers with Hearts Sonia Colvin is the founder of Hairdressers with Hearts (HwH), a not-for-profit organisation that takes a proactive approach against domestic violence and elder abuse by harnessing the intimate and trusted relationship between Australia's 67,000 plus hairdressers and barbers and their clients. HwH believes that by empowering hairdressers and barbers with the correct resources and appropriate training they can make a difference in the lives of many Australians. Hairdressers and barbers are frontline in the community, reaching people on a grass roots level, having intimate conversations with clients walking through the door on a regular basis.
Sonia Di Mezza – CEO of Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services Sonia Di Mezza is the CEO of Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, in Central Victoria. She previously worked as the Deputy CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carers Advocacy Service (ADACAS) in Canberra, where she advocated for the rights of older people, predominately from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Sonia has managed human rights projects including a legal aid in Sudan and Pakistan for Afghan refugee widowed women. She worked as a Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, and for an Indian child rights NGO in Delhi. Sonia has worked as a refugee lawyer in Australian immigration detention centres. She is a solicitor and human rights lawyer, and speaks five languages.
Philippa McDonald – Philippa McDonald is a high profile, award winning journalist and communicator who has covered Australian and international news and current affairs. Her career has been built on breaking news and analysis on the biggest stories of our time. Philippa was part of the team who won a Walkley for the ABC’s Bushfire Coverage. She is a contributor to the book “Black Summer” and was also one of those responsible for the YouTube documentary “The Anatomy of a Mega Blaze.”. Philippa left the ABC in October. Since then she’s been co-producing films to tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Papua New Guinea, she’s been busy MCing, facilitating, hosting webinars, delivering keynotes addresses, media training and strategic communications.
Our Watch and Senior Rights Victoria have produced a new resource for practitioners seeking to build their knowledge and practice on preventing violence against older women. The new booklet provides an opportunity to increase your understanding and knowledge of:
How intimate partner violence is experienced by older women
Gendered attitudes, practices and structures that drive this violence
Ageist attitudes, practices and structures that drive this violence
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV) have united to form Safe and Equal, Victoria’s peak body for family and gender-based violence.
For more than three decades, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) have been two key organisations in the establishment and coordination of the specialist family violence sector in Victoria.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call triple zero (000). If you would like to find specialist family violence services in your area, please view the Safe and Equal support services page. Find a service
About the merger:
In 2019, the Boards identified the possibility of a merger and after comprehensive consultation with staff, members and other stakeholders, the Boards and members of DV Vic and DVRCV voted to merge in March 2020. This merger represents an exciting new chapter in the extensive histories of both organisations.
Launched on 17 November 2021, Safe and Equal, is now the peak body for specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors in Victoria.
“Following the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian specialist family violence sector has been subject to major and ongoing reforms,” said Safe and Equal Chair Stacey Ong.
“It became clear that by bringing together the skills and expertise of both organisations, we could increase and strengthen our capacity to support specialist services through these changes and into the future.”
Safe and Equal will continue to work with practitioners and leaders to:
Bring grassroots issues into the public arena
Coordinate and participate in advocacy and action to reform policy and improve the service system
Scale up and
Embed practice development and innovation across the sector.
“The roles of DV Vic and DVRCV have always been highly complementary, with closely aligned visions, purpose and values, and frequent collaboration in advocacy and campaigning,” said Safe and Equal CEO Tania Farha.
“This merger provides the specialist family violence sector with a peak organisation that has more reach than ever before, across the continuum of prevention to recovery.”
The new name, Safe and Equal, was selected after extensive consultation and feedback from victim survivors. It is a bold statement in support of the organisation’s vision: a world beyond family and gender-based violence, where women, children and all people from marginalised communities are safe, thriving and respected.
Visit Safe and Equal's new website for resources, including professional development.
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.