• Hannah Phillips

A Warning on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Older parents who are the victims of elder abuse at the hands of their adult children are the focus of a new campaign launched by the NSW Government today, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin is calling on local residents to be aware of the signs of elder abuse and speak up for vulnerable members of the community.

“Abuse of older people is a widely hidden problem which occurs in homes across NSW, and perhaps the most shocking aspect is that it is overwhelmingly committed by family members who older people trust,” he said.

The new State Government awareness campaign aims to involve the whole of government policy and publicly available data to respond to the issue.

“I am calling on everyone to educate themselves on the signs of elder abuse and know who to contact if they suspect somebody they know may be suffering,” Mr Aplin said.

“I urge any older local person who is suffering from abuse to reach out for support – help is just a phone call away.”

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies confirmed there is help available, with action being taken to prevent elder abuse and support victims to leave abusive situations.

“Elder abuse can take many forms – financial, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse and neglect, and we must work together to provide all the support an older person needs to leave an abusive situation.

“The Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit was established as a key initiative of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy, and has resources available on how to recognise the signs of elder abuse, as well as crucial information on how to access support if you witness or experience abuse.”

The NSW Government has also released the Year One Progress Report today, following the Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse.

In response, they have launched a revised whole of Government Policy, called: 'Preventing and Responding to Elder Abuse: NSW Interagency Policy'.

Data will now be publicly available and updated annually on the Elder Abuse Dashboard on FACS’ website.

To view the Progress Report and the Dashboard at facs.nsw.gov.au/resources/statistics.

People who witness, suspect or experience abuse are urged to call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit on 1800 628 221 or visit elderabusehelpine.gov.au for information, support and referrals.

If there is an emergency or immediate danger, call 000.

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