On June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we stood together as a community in saying “we can stop elder abuse”.
Seniors Rights Victoria and the Office of Public Advocate hosted a booked-out forum at Melbourne Town Hall, at which the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, launched (via video link) the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report ‘Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response’. We welcomed the release of the Report and commend the Australian Government on recognising the need for this Inquiry, which will provide a strong foundation for future action.
We were pleased to see so many communities coming together to celebrate the rights of older people and raise awareness about elder abuse. In Victoria alone, more than 40 events took place, with the support of local councils, public libraries, community legal centres, neighbourhood houses, aged care facilities, health services and other organisations. Awareness of elder abuse was also raised through print media, radio, television and social media.
We thank all of the organisations and individuals who “went purple” on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to support the rights of older people to live safely and with dignity.
Each year, Seniors Rights Victoria receives thousands of enquiries from people experiencing elder abuse or worried about someone they know. Elder abuse, a type of family violence, includes any act which harms an older person and is carried out by someone they trust such as an adult child, family member, partner, carer or friend. For free, confidential help, call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821.
Above: Staff of Seniors Rights Victoria at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
“We can stop elder abuse by … safeguarding the autonomy of older people” says Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM (President, Australian Law Reform Commission), pictured with Jenny Blakey (Manager, Seniors Rights Victoria) and Dr John Chesterman (Director of Strategy, Office of the Public Advocate) at the Forum.
“We can stop elder abuse by … combatting ageism and educating all Australians to identify, respond and prevent elder abuse” says the Hon. Kay Patterson AO, Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner, at the Forum.
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