June 2017 saw the release of the Australian Law Reform Commission report into Elder Abuse. It is an important report that focuses on the legal frameworks that can be strengthened to improve protections for older people experiencing elder abuse.
Elder abuse, ‘is a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person’ (WHO). It can take many forms, such as physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Key recommendations of the report include:
If you or someone you know needs further information about elder abuse call:
NSW Elder Abuse Hotline and Resource Unit
1800 628 221
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