Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) is a free service that has been established to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older Victorians.
The service was launched on 27 April 2008. It provides:
- telephone information and referral
- advocacy and support
- legal services
- community education
People who are concerned about abuse or neglect that is affecting them or someone they know can call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 36 8821. If you would like to know more about the service you could also watch the video.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Each year on 15 June, organisations, groups and individuals with an interest in elder abuse prevention mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an initiative that was started in Canada by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and that now reaches across the globe. For the past three years, Seniors Rights Victoria has held a day-long workshop on WEAAD as its contribution to global efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse. In 2011 we also ran a seminar for legal professionals, and several linked community events in Bedigo. Use this link to find out more about our events, including the Bendigo Mayoral proclamation.
Seniors Rights Victoria is funded by the State Government of Victoria through the Department of Health, Seniors Programs and Participation Unit, Ageing and Aged Care Branch and Victoria Legal Aid.
Situated within COTA Victoria (Council on the Ageing), Seniors Rights Victoria works in partnership with Justice Connect and Eastern Community Legal Centre.
For further information go to http://www.seniorsrights.org.au/