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Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018

June 15, 2018

We uphold the rights of the elderly to live safely, to be respected and heard. We work closely with people who have been impacted by sexual assault and/or family violence. Other forms of abuse are financial (the most common form of elder abuse in Australia), physical, social, or psychological. In a 2016 report  the Australian Institute of Family Studies estimated that between 2 and 10 percent of older Australians experience abuse in any given year.

It was also noted in the report that this issue is under reported and that the rate of neglect and abuse is likely even higher. Elder abuse typically occurs in families and perpetrators are mostly adult children but other offenders may include, friends, neighbours, in-law children, care workers and spouses.

If you or someone you know has suffered sexual assault and/or family violence, they can contact us and request counselling Geelong (03) 5222 4318 /[email protected] or Wimmera (03) 5381 1211[email protected]

For further information on Elder Abuse, we encourage you to take a look at these websites:

Seniors Rights Victoria

Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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