Preventing Elder Abuse

Older people of any background can be affected by elder abuse, defined as being any act that harms an older person.

Elder abuse is often carried out by someone the person knows and trusts, such as an adult child, family member, partner, carer or friend. The abuse may be verbal, physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

Every year, Council acknowledges World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) which is a worldwide event commemorated on 15 June. It is an opportunity for everyone in Whitehorse to honour their older people and recognise their right to live in safety with dignity and respect. 

Council works with other local governments and organisations to prevent and respond to elder abuse, for example through the Eastern Elder Abuse Network.

Reducing Your Risk

  1. Stay connected: Maintain connections with trusted family, friends and neighbours, and in your local community.
  2. Plan for future: Consider your future needs and plan for transitions associated with ageing, through Powers of Attorney, living arrangements, advance care planning and wills.
  3. Seek independent advice: Make informed decisions before making changes to your finances or living arrangements.
  4. Develop a support network: Establish a group of trusted people and professionals who you can turn to for support.
  5. Seek help: If you need help, ask for it as soon as possible. 

Where to Find Help

  • Victoria Police: Call 000 in an emergency
  • National Elder Abuse Hotline: Call 1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374)
  • Eastern Community Legal Centre: 1300 32 52 00