Today COTA NSW CEO Ian Day gave the opening testimony at the State Government’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse.
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, as many as 50,000 people in NSW experience some form elder abuse.
The situation is a complex one, according to Mr Day. “One of the things that makes elder abuse so difficult to address is that it’s often perpetrated by someone on whom the abused person depends, such as a family member who is caring for them.”
As a result, those who are being abused often fear disclosing the abuse. Given these factors, Mr Day argues that a multi-pronged approach is required to tackle the problem. We were pleased that his remarks on how elder abuse should be addressed were given extensive media coverage.