Sadly, thousands of older Australians experience elder abuse every year, sometimes from those closest to them.
Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as 'a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person’.
Elder abuse can take various forms, including:
No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.
In June 2017, the Australian Law Reform Commission published a report entitled: Elder Abuse — A National Legal Response. The Honorable Dr Kay Patterson AO is working alongside organisations and government departments to implement the recommendations from this report and the priorities outlined in the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians.
In particular, Dr Patterson is:
If you answer no to any of these statements, you may wish to talk to someone you can trust.
If you’re concerned about someone you know, you don’t need to have all the answers. You can call 1800 353 374. It’s free and confidential.
Australian Human Rights Commission https://humanrights.gov.au/elderabuse
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