Elder abuse - What can you do to help?

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The Human Rights Commission has released Phase 2 of their Elder Abuse Materials

Did you know that elder abuse can take various forms including financial, physical, psychological, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect?

No older person should ever be subjected to any form of abuse.

In June 2017, the Australian Law Reform Commission published a report titled: Elder Abuse — A National Legal Response. The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO is working alongside organisations and government departments to implement the recommendations from this report and the priorities outlined in the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians.

On International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2021, Dr Patterson launched a new elder abuse video campaign, ‘What can you do to help’ to raise awareness among people who interact with older Australians about the warning signs of elder abuse and where to get support. This is the Commission’s second elder abuse awareness video.

The first elder abuse video campaign, ‘Know the Signs’ was launched on the 1 October 2020 and encourages people to open their eyes to elder abuse, know the warning signs and understand that it can happen to any older person.

The resources are available in English, Italian, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Arabic and German and have just been released in Maltese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Croatian. More translated versions will be rolled out in the future.

For more information, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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