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

Respect older people and call out ageism, listen to older people and their carers and check in with vulnerable older people. Elder abuse is hard to picture, but it happens everyday. What starts out small doesn't always stay that way for long.

What is elder abuse?

Any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. It may involve taking someone’s money or possessions, not providing necessary care, making threats or stopping an older person’s social contacts, as well as physical or sexual abuse.

A person affected by elder abuse may:

  • act fearfully or withdrawing
  • show signs of stress, anxiety or depression
  • may show signs of bruising or other physical injuries
  • may not have the ability to pay normal bills or have unpaid bills

How you can stop elder abuse?

  • stay connected in the community
  • plan for future
  • seek independent advice
  • develop a support network of trusted friends and professionals
  • seek help

If you need help, ask for it as soon as possible. Abuse doesn’t stop by itself.

Where to get help and assistance?