Elder abuse encompasses physical violence and neglect.
However, the most prevalent form of elder abuse is financial, which often occurs in the form of pension skimming; selling a victim's belongings without permission; misuse of Powers of Attorney by taking money or property; forcing someone to change their will; or denying a person access to or control of their own funds.
According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, as many as 50,000 people in NSW experience some form elder abuse.
For years, COTA NSW has called for greater action on the part of government and the community to identify instances of elder abuse and to eradicate it. In November 2015 COTA NSW CEO Ian Day gave the opening testimony at the State Government’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse, where he called for a multi-pronged approach to tackling the problem.
COTA NSW is active on policy advisory committees working on elder abuse, sitting on the NSW Steering Committee - Preventing and Responding to Abuse of Older People.
If you are experiencing elder abuse, or think you know someone who is, please contact the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221 or visit NSW Elder Abuse Helpline website.
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