Elder Abuse Awareness Day | 15 June

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.

Elder abuse is any act, or failure to act, which causes harm or distress to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend.

The abuse may be:

  • Physical
  • Social
  • Financial
  • Psychological
  • Sexual and
  • can include mistreatment and neglect.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes elder abuse as a violation of human rights that can include abuse and serious loss of dignity and respect.

In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response.

It is a global social issue which affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of all in the community.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of elder abuse, you can discuss these concerns with a trusted family member, GP or physician.

For further information and for independent advice, please call:

  • Senior Rights Victoria helpline on 1300 368 821
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline on 1800 880 052
  • 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732
  • 1800 ELDERHELP on 1800 353 374
  • Safe Steps on 1800 015 188

If you are concerned for your immediate safety or that of someone else, please contact the police in your state or territory or call Triple Zero (000) for emergency services.

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