What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is any act that causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust.
The abuser may be a:
- son or daughter
- other family members
Abuse is usually intentional. The harm caused to an older person may range from the effects of verbal harassment through to serious physical injury inflicted deliberately. Harm can also include emotional harm and financial loss including the loss of a home and belongings.
The older person may be dependent on the abuser, for example if they rely on the abuser for care. It is also common for the abuser to depend on the support of the older person, for example for accommodation. Sometimes, there may be a co-dependent relationship where both the older person and the abuser depend on each other.
More info: Seniors Rights Victoria website
Warning signs of elder abuse
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.
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
What to do if you are affected by elder abuse
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.
Our work in this area
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 available
Fridge magnets designed by the Cardinia Age Friendly Alliance group are available by calling us on 1300 787 624.