Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2017

At Barwon CASA/Minerva 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 come in the form of financial (the most common form of elder abuse in Australia), physical, social, or psychological. In a report released last year, 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. Victorian Police reported in 2016 that people aged 60 years or over made up over 5,400 of people affected in family violence incidents. 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 our agency requesting counselling, call Geelong (03) 5222 4318 /admin@barwoncasa.org or Wimmera (03) 5381 1211 / wimmera@barwoncasa.org .

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

Aged Care Guide

Seniors Rights Victoria

Australian Institute of Family Studies