Elder abuse

Elder abuse is a growing concern within our aging communities.

Elder abuse:

  • is defined as 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

  • may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect

Seniors Rights Victoria provides:

  • information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people

  • services that include a helpline, specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals and community and professional education

  • leadership on policy and law reform and works with organisations and groups to raise awareness of elder abuse

If you, your client or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please contact the free, confidential helpline on 1300 368 821.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is held on 15 June each year.

Page last updated: Monday, 9 November 2020