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
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.