Go Purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!
Seniors Rights Victoria is calling on all Victorians to “go purple” to celebrate the rights of older people and help raise awareness about elder abuse this June 15.
The United Nations has designated June 15 each year as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 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. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder abuse is vastly under-reported but the World Health Organisation estimates that up to 10 percent of older people worldwide are affected.
Across Victoria, organisations are holding activities with the theme “We can stop elder abuse.” You can too! Help celebrate ageing and respect for older people, as well as raise awareness of elder abuse, by dressing in purple and attending a community event near you. To find out what’s on, visit our website and click on the Events tab. Some events have already been posted and new ones are being added regularly.
Are you interested in holding your own event? Our Toolkit has plenty of ideas – big and small – as well as resources that you can use.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides free and confidential help to people experiencing elder abuse, or worried about someone they know. Services include a telephone helpline 1300 368 821 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm), free specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals, and community education.