Preventing elder abuse

Everyone has the right to live their lives free from abuse.

There’s a number of things we can all do to prevent elder abuse from getting out of hand such as:

Elder abuse is hard to picture, but happens every day. What starts out small doesn't always stay that way.

What is elder abuse?

Actions causing harm to an older person from someone they know or trust is elder abuse. It can include:

  • taking their money or possessions
  • not providing necessary care
  • making threats or stopping an older person’s from contacting others socially
  • physical or sexual abuse.

Anyone experiencing elder abuse may:

  • act fearfully or withdraw
  • show signs of stress, anxiety or depression
  • show signs of bruising or other physical injuries
  • not have the ability to pay their bills and expenses.

Elder abuse often occurs within close relationships and is a form of family violence. It’s unacceptable and we need to call it out.

How we can stop elder abuse

There’s several actions we can take to stop elder abuse and includes:

  • staying connected in the community
  • seeking independent advice
  • developing a support network of trusted friends and professionals
  • seeking help.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing elder abuse, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Learn more about how we’re tackling ageism in Manningham.

Getting help and assistance

OPERA: Older People, Equity, Respect and Ageing

The OPERA project is a partnership between Eastern Community Legal Centre and Swinburne University. The project engages with older people about their experiences of ageing and age discrimination in the community.

The aim of the project is to ensure that older people feel valued and respected. It’s also about challenging some of the harmful beliefs and attitudes that can lead to age discrimination.

Every individual has the right to feel safe, respected and valued.

Learn more about the OPERA Project.

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