Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. While elder abuse is vastly under-reported, it is estimated around 5% of older people suffer from it worldwide. June 15 is the annual day recognised by the United Nations for raising awareness of elder abuse throughout the world. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is a day to say “no” to elder abuse and let older people know they have the right to live without fear and abuse.
Seniors Rights Victoria has developed a WEAAD website – http://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/ – on which the community can find out more about WEAAD and register their WEAAD events. The event could be a forum, morning tea, walk, flash mob, tree planting, knit-a-thon – you name it. As well as hosting your own event on June 15, we would be grateful if you could alert your contacts to the existence of WEAAD and the website. Seniors Rights Victoria’s communications officer, Caitlin Evans, is available to answer questions and support people in planning their events: contact her on 9655 2119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will join us in spreading awareness about this important day.