Thursday 12 November 2015

No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse, often referred to as 'Elder abuse'. Elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual or financial abuse.  It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.

Elder abuse can be defined as "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person" (World Health Organisation).

If you are concerned about elder abuse you may want information about the issue, or the opportunity to talk to someone independently about your concerns and the options for getting help.  Each state and territory provides information about abuse, abuse prevention and useful contacts. Their contact numbers are listed on the table below.

Organisation or resource
Older Persons Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line (APRIL)
02 6205 3535
NSW Elder Abuse Helpline
1800 628 221
Northern Territory Police
131 444
Elder Abuse Prevention Unit
1300 651 192
Aged Rights Advocacy Service
Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
08 8232 5377 (Adelaide)
1800 700 600 (rural)
Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline
1800 441 169
Seniors Rights Victoria
1300 368 821
Advocare Inc.
1300 724 679 (Perth)
1800 655 566 (rural)