According to the United Nations, elder abuse can be defined as “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”.
In many parts of the world, elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. However, in Australia regulators, consumer advocate groups, organisations and individuals have taken up the fight against elder abuse.
Why not see if your village can join the many other organisations that will be highlighting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day? You could hold an event, host a morning tea, or bring in a guest speaker to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight the support available for those experiencing it.
Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the positive contributions of older people in Australia.
- In Victoria, register your event here: Home – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15
- In SA, consider attending the virtual event that celebrates this day: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Online Forum Tickets, Thu 17/06/2021 at 10:30 am | Eventbrite
- In WA, download the Free Information kit to host your own event: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Advocare
- The Australian Human Rights Commission has some great information here: Elder abuse | Australian Human Rights Commission