Older Victorians experiencing elder abuse can get help by calling Seniors Rights Victoria on
1300 368 821 Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals and community and professional education.
Further information and resources are available at www.seniorsrights.org.au.
Seniors Rights Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, usually a family member. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
Like other forms of family violence, elder abuse involves a person or persons disrespecting the rights of another, and abusing their power and control. It reflects the gender inequality and the inequality arising from ageism that is rife in our society today.
If you, your client or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse,
please contact Senior Rights Victoria’s free, confidential Helpline: 1300 368 821
and visit our website: www.seniorsrights.org.au.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Interpreters are available where necessary, and our experienced staff honour the trust shown to them and respect the choices our clients make.
Our services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals, and community and professional education.
Seniors Rights Victoria also provides leadership on policy and law reform and works with organisations and groups to raise awareness of elder abuse.
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 with them: 66.8% of abuse is perpetrated by a child of the older person.
Seniors Rights Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government.