The sixth annual Stop Elder Abuse community awareness campaign is underway and runs until World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June.
Separated by COVID-19 restrictions, now more than ever is the time for South Australians to be alert for signs of elder abuse.
Around one in 20 older Australians is experiencing some form of abuse from someone they know and trust, and often it is a member of their own family.
To help Stop Elder Abuse, it is important that the community:
- Recognises Elder Abuse – learn about the types of abuse and to recognise the signs
- Speaks up if you suspect elder abuse is occurring – call the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310
- Knows what your rights are – read more about Safeguarding the Rights of Older South Australians
- Learns about elder abuse prevention – ways for you or someone you know to prevent elder abuse.
In South Australia, financial and psychological abuse are the most common, with older women more likely to be experiencing abuse from adult sons or daughters.
People experiencing elder abuse may display fear, sadness and neglect, amongst other signs, and abuse can also be physical, sexual, chemical or emotional.
Many older people are likely to be more vulnerable at this time without their usual supports in place, so please continue to help us promote this important message.
Remember, if you have concerns, call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310 for free, confidential advice and support, or to make a report to the Adult Safeguarding Unit.
If you have concerns about a loved one or need support, our Elder Relationship Services provides counselling and mediation to families who need help negotiating complex issues related to ageing. All services that usually have a fee are FREE until 30 June 2020 in South Australia.
Call 1300 364 277 or 1800 182 325 (country callers) during business hours.
If in crisis, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.