Elder Abuse is an act that causes deliberate or unintended harm to an older person, from a person they know and trust.
Around one in 20 older Australians experience some form of abuse from someone they trust, who is often a member of their own family. This abuse can be financial, emotional, physical and even sexual.
Over the past five years, Elder Abuse has most commonly included financial and emotional abuse and in 80 per cent of cases the abuse was carried out by a family member.
Older people may be vulnerable to abuse, which can often go unnoticed, especially where there is increasing frailty and physical or mental decline. Elder Abuse can be a hidden problem as it happens in the relationships where it is least expected to occur.
It is important that the community has a clear understanding of the rights of older people and how these rights can be protected. This includes being aware of the signs of elder abuse and knowing where to go for help.
Recognise the signs and help put an end to Elder Abuse – visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/stopelderabuse for more information.
Take action if you suspect abuse is occurring or you want to talk to someone about your own experiences. Call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.
The campaign is a key action from the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians, Action Plan 2015-2021.