Most older Victorians lead healthy and active lives. They enjoy strong and supportive relationships with family, friends and carers and rightfully maintain the freedom and independence to make all of life’s decisions. Yet age can often be accompanied by vulnerability and that vulnerability is sometimes exploited.
Elder abuse is mistreatment of an older person that is committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust such as a partner, family member, friend or carer. Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
Sometimes family, friends and carers may not know that their actions amount to elder abuse. Seniors Rights Victoria seeks to prevent elder abuse from occurring by offering free legal advice and information as well a range of educational and advocacy activities. We are committed to safeguarding the rights, dignity and independence of older Victorians.
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If you believe yourself or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, you may wish to speak with one of our experienced consultants on 1300 368 821.