What is Elder Abuse?

The World Health Organisation defines the abuse of older people (or Elder Abuse) as: 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.

This means that abuse can be deliberate or unintentional, and can occur just once, or many times. Abuse of older people is typically carried out by someone close to them with whom they have a trusting relationship. The trusting relationship can be between the abused and their partner, children, other relatives, friends, carers, neighbours, nurses, social workers, home help or even professionals looking after the person’s finances. Many types of elder abuse are against the law , some of which are listed below.

Abuse of older people can include physical, psychological/emotional, financial, sexual and social abuse as well as intentional or unintentional neglect.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing Elder Abuse, call Tasmania Police on 000 if it is an emergency. Otherwise, contact the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on free-call 1800 44 11 69 for advice and information.

See our website for more information.

Who this service is for

Older people

How this service is delivered

  • Call or visit us online

    The Helpline provides a central point of contact by telephoning 1800 441 169 or by visiting the Advocacy Tasmania website.

Updated: 18/11/2019

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