- Elder abuse is an act that causes harm to an older person, carried out by someone the older person knows and trusts.
- If you or someone you know is in an unsafe or life threatening situation you should ring Victoria Police on 000.
- The Victorian Government funds Seniors Rights Victoria to provide a helpline and a free and confidential legal advice, advocacy and referral service for older Victorians.
Elder Abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as family and friends. It is a form of family violence, in that most perpetrators are family members. Elder abuse reflects the ageism that is rife in our society today as well as the gender inequality.
All forms of abuse are unacceptable. Elder abuse can affect anyone, irrespective of background, gender, ethnicity or means.
Research from Australia and overseas shows that around 5% of older people may be experiencing elder abuse. The real number may be higher because many people feel they cannot speak up.
Never feel ashamed to ask for help.
If you feel you are being physically abused, bullied or pressured to do things by someone you know; or if someone you rely on is neglecting you, threatening or failing to look after you as they promised…speak up!
Your safety and wellbeing is important.
If you or someone you know is in an unsafe or life threatening situation you should ring Victoria Police on 000.
Elder abuse prevention in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
Elder abuse can affect anyone irrespective of ethnicity.
It can challenge our perceptions of family and community because these unacceptable acts are carried out by people closest to, and trusted by an older person.
In October 2014, ECCV launched Within My Walls, a community education short film resource on elder abuse, which is available in eight languages.
Reviewed 08 August 2022