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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.

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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.

  1. Learn about the risk factors connected with elder abuse
  2. Find out more about the warning signs connected to abuse
  3. Learn about the people and supports you can turn to, things you can do, and resources you can access.
  4. Find out what you can do, and the best ways to respond if you are concerned about someone else

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Seniors Rights Victoria collects a lot of data about who calls our helpline and why, as well as how many data about the advice we give and the cases we support. We reviewed our helpline data over the final six months (July-December) of 2021 and compared the data to the same six months the previous year.

Here are the results:

Created by Euphemia Gannon
Created by Euphemia Gannon

Highlights

The helpline is currently being reviewed.

A campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse has been launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The video campaign raises awareness about the warning signs of elder abuse and where to get support.  

Thousands of Australians experience elder abuse every year, and sometimes from those closest to them. Calls to the National Elder Abuse phone line increased by 87% between January 2021 to June 2021 compared to the previous six months.

“Elder abuse can happen to any older person, regardless of their background, and anyone who comes into contact with older people – be it friends, family, health professionals, hairdressers, librarians and many others – may be in a position to notice signs of elder abuse,” Age Discrimination Commissioner the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO said.

“A key risk factor for financial elder abuse is an increase in financial pressures on the children of older people, such as loss of employment and rising housing costs. COVID-19 may be exacerbating these pressures,” Dr Patterson said.

The National Elder Abuse phone line is Australia-wide, free and confidential.
You will be connected through to the most appropriate service, including Seniors Rights Victoria's helpline.

You can also call the Seniors Rights Victoria helpline on 1800 368 821

Watch the video here.

Facts

A year ago, George, who is 82 years old and lives alone in the family home, agreed that his son, Petro, could live with him.  George has chronic arthritis and has limited mobility. This has become worse in the last 6 months and he is more reliant on Petro for support.

When Petro moved back home it was on the understanding that he would take care of his father and he obtained a Carer’s Allowance.  In the last two months, Petro’s behaviour has become unstable and he’s neglecting the care of his father. Petro has stopped people visiting George, including service providers and other family members. When George’s daughter telephones the house, Petro answers the telephone and hangs up. George’s friends have stopped visiting because Petro is aggressive towards them.

As George has difficulty moving around, he’s unable to leave the house or shower, without assistance.

Considerations

George was motivated to agree to his son moving in with him because of the support his son, Petro, would provide. However, Petro is neglecting George’s needs and is keeping others, who might be able to assist, away from George.

George’s health and wellbeing are a priority in this situation. Seniors Rights Victoria often has concerned family and others telephone to express worry for an older person, who is being socially abused in their own home. There are options to address these situations and talking to the Seniors Rights Victoria Helpline can provide information about how to assist an older person.

*Personal details have been changed to protect our client’s privacy.

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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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