There’s no excuse for elder abuse

6 June 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on 15 June. Do you know what elder abuse is and where to get help?

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we recognise that mistreatment and neglect of our elders is never acceptable.

We know how important it is for older people to feel connected and safe in our community.

What is elder abuse

Elder abuse is any act that causes harm to an older person.

The most common form of elder abuse is financial abuse. This is where someone limits access to money.

Elder abuse can also be:

  • psychological
  • social
  • physical
  • sexual, or
  • any other harm or neglect

It’s usually carried out by someone who’s known or trusted, such as a family member, friend or carer.

Elder abuse is a growing issue. It can affect anyone. It crosses borders and cultures.

Where to get help

If you or someone you know is affected by elder abuse, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

You can also talk to one of our social workers. They can:

  • offer free, and short term counselling, and
  • help you find local support services

Next steps 

Reach out to elders in the community. Remind them that they’re valued and cared for. 

Read about family and domestic violence and how we can help.

You can also use our Service Finder to find community organisations for support.

Page last updated: 6 June 2018