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Elder abuse

  • Elder abuse is an emerging form of family violence. It is any act that causes harm to an older person, carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
  • Elder abuse is vastly under-reported but the World Health Organisation estimates that up to 10 per cent of older people worldwide are affected. 
  • Tuesday 15 June 2021 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), as declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day banner showing elderly Asian lady






These may include:

  • an older person seeming fearful, anxious or isolated
  • injuries, or an absence of personal care
  • disappearance of possessions
  • unexplained financial transactions
  • sudden changes to a will, property title or other documents.
Those with cultural and linguistic backgrounds may experience isolation due to barriers around older people’s need to follow their traditional and religious values. Generational influences may cause tension within families as younger people are more willing to embrace the Australian culture.
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) coordinates a state-wide project delivering community education to raise awareness of elder abuse, its prevention and support culturally and linguistically diverse seniors in Victoria.
In partnership with Seniors Rights Victoria, ECCV has produced the film Within My Walls.

If you or someone you know needs support call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821 (this is a free confidential helpline) or call 000 in an emergency.

Cardinia Shire is experiencing rapid growth of its ageing population.  The Cardinia Age Friendly Alliance Elder Abuse Project is funded by Together We Can’s grant from the Victorian Government's Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Grant. 

Fridge magnets designed by the Cardinia Age Friendly Alliance group are available by calling us on 1300 787 624.


Seniors Rights Victoria