Most people have heard about Child Abuse, but what about Elder Abuse? Elder Abuse is 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. Elder Abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Sometimes family, friends and carers may not even know that their actions amount to Elder Abuse.

The 15 June 2015 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – the one day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people. This year the Barwon Elder Abuse Awareness Network, (member organisations include Barwon Community Legal Service, Karingal, St Laurence, City of Greater Geelong, Mercy Health and Baptcare,) hosted two free events.

The first was the Elder Abuse Awareness and Education Forum for workers and members of the public to increase knowledge and awareness of the issue with some 80 people attending.

The second was a free screening of the film The Hundred-Foot Journey, afternoon tea and chat – a popular event with over 150 senior members of the community attending.

Need free help?

If you, your client or someone you know is experiencing Eder Abuse, please contact the Barwon Community Legal Service on 1300 430 599 or Seniors Rights on 1300 368 821.

Elder abuse event

Photograph provided by City of Greater Geelong