Your Rights – Elder Abuse

seniors rights elder abuse Elder abuse is mistreatment of an older person that is committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust such as a partner, family member, friend or carer.

Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Sometimes family, friends and carers may not know that their actions amount to elder abuse.

Elder abuse violates an older person’s basic right to feel safe. It is a controlling behaviour or action which frightens or intimidates and can be illegal. It can occur at any time and be subtle to extreme. The latest figures compiled by the National Ageing Research Institute of Seniors Rights Victoria data show that financial abuse and psychological/emotional abuse together are the most common forms of abuse reported by older Victorians (81.82%). Victims are most likely to be female (72.5%), and the perpetrators are 60% male and 40% female. 92.3% of abuse is perpetrated by persons related to the older person or in a de facto relationship: 66.8% of abuse is perpetrated by a child of the older person. See the Summary Report.

No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse, mistreatment or neglect. Seniors Rights Victoria seeks to prevent elder abuse from occurring by offering free legal advice and information as well a range of educational and advocacy activities. We are committed to safeguarding the rights, dignity and independence of older Victorians.

For free, confidential information on a situation you believe may involve elder abuse please contact Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821.

To learn more about different types of elder abuse, click on the links below:

Download our FAQs about Elder Abuse sheet.