Elder Abuse

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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.

Helpful tips for action

Elder Abuse brochure

This helpful hints guide will provide ideas, strategies and areas for action for your organisation to take in addressing elder abuse. Choose actions that your organisation can support, not all actions areas have to be addressed and you may only choose 1 or 2 actions. Just ensure your actions are challenging the causes of elder abuse.

 

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Saturday, 29 September, 2018 - 21:58