Help with Elder Abuse

In Western Australia 1 in 20 older people will experience some form of abuse. Elder abuse can be silent and unseen. It often goes unrecognised and unreported.

People, regardless of their age, are entitled to have their human rights respected.

What is Elder Abuse?

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. (United Nations) Advocare assists people experiencing physical, emotional, financial, sexual or social abuse, or neglect.

An advocate can work with  the older adult who is experiencing mistreatment or a representative who is working in the best interests of the older person, such as a family member or friend.

An advocate is available to:

  • Listen to your needs and concerns         
  • Assist you to fully explore the options available to address the  issues
  • Provide an opportunity to consider potential  benefits and consequences of any actions that can be taken
  • Stand by you and provide advocacy where needed

Click here for the examples and signs of elder abuse 

Click here for information on how to maintain your rights and prevent abuse 

Click here for information on how to prevent financial abuse 

Read about Human Rights  http://www.humanrights.gov.au/ 

3rd National Elder Abuse Conference

Advocare will be hosting the 3rd National Elder Abuse Conference on 3-4 September 2014 in Perth. Click here for more details. 

 

 

 

 

 

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