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Elder abuse

Discrimination Age Discrimination
elderly man sitting in chair

Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as 'a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which cases harm or distress to an older person'.

Elder abuse can take various forms, including: financial, physical, psychological, emotional or sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintenitonal neglect. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.

If you are concerned about elder abuse you may want information, or the opportunity to talk to someone about your concerns, and options for getting help.  State and territory contact numbers for assistance are listed on the table below.

In June 2017, The Australian Law Reform Commission published a report titled: Elder Abuse - A national Legal Response. As Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon. Dr Kay Patterson will work alongside a range of organisations and government departments to implement recommendations from the report.

Organisation or resource
Older Persons Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line (APRIL)
02 6205 3535
NSW Elder Abuse Helpline
1800 628 221
Northern Territory Police
131 444
Elder Abuse Prevention Unit
1300 651 192
Aged Rights Advocacy Service
Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
08 8232 5377 (Adelaide)
1800 700 600 (rural)
Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline
1800 441 169
Seniors Rights Victoria
1300 368 821
Advocare Inc.
1300 724 679 (Perth)
1800 655 566 (rural)