“We actively lobbied the State Government to invest in an Elder Abuse Hotline, and we were pleased to see one launched in 2013. Data collected by the hotline shows there is real demand for the service,” said CEO of COTA NSW Ian Day.
However, COTA NSW is aware that the majority of the calls to the hotline are not made by older people reporting abuse. “The truth is that it’s older people themselves who need to know how to deal with abuse if they’re experiencing it. We want to see the line more heavily used by individuals in the community. We believe this Inquiry will provide a useful context to gather input from the community about how we can increase public awareness of the problem of elder abuse, and use of the hotline.”
“Elder abuse tends to be put into the ‘too hard basket.’ It’s often perpetrated by the carers of isolated older people, who have little awareness of how they can stop the abuse they’re experiencing. This Inquiry is a positive development, but much remains to be done to tackle this issue.”
Submissions to the Inquiry can be made until Sunday 15 November 2015. To find out more, you can visit: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/gpsc2