What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, that occurs within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.
Abuse can come in many different forms including:
- Psychological abuse
- Financial abuse
- Neglect or social abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
It is widely believed that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, however the World Health Organisation estimates that it affects 1 in 6 older adults worldwide and that in almost 90% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member. Two thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses.
Seniors Rights Service is dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of older people.
Our vision is for a society that respects and upholds the rights of older people. Our purpose is to raise awareness and empower older people to activate, uphold, extend and defend their individual rights. We foster communities to respect and value seniors and their rights. We achieve our purpose by providing free, independent and confidential legal services, aged care advocacy, social work support and community education to seniors across NSW.
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please contact our free, confidential line: (02) 9281 3600 or 1800 424 079 outside Sydney. The Telephone Interpreter service is available.
Elder Abuse is a human rights issue. There is no excuse for elder abuse. Everyone has the right to be safe.
Seniors Rights Service acknowledges the significance of the term Elder in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. In using the term elder across this information, we are referring to elderly people in the community recognising that elder abuse is a term used internationally on this particular day.
Money Matters: Stop Financial Abuse – videos in community languages.
We have produced a range of videos that tell stories of financial issues within families. They are based on stories that community members have told us. So far we have videos performed in Hindi, Mandarin and Arabic. We hope to produce more in other languages soon.
The videos are designed to raise awareness of a variety of rights that seniors have but may not be aware of. They can also be used as discussion starters at community events.
We thank AASHA Australia Foundation, the Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS) and the Arabic Council for their invaluable contributions to this project. It would not have been possible without them. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the NSW Department of Communities & Justice and Multicultural NSW.