World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June is a timely reminder that stopping abuse against our most vulnerable is everybody’s business.
Elder Abuse can take a number of different forms, but essentially it is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can also include mistreatment and neglect.
Many seniors are unable to stand up for themselves because they are physically frail or fear repercussions from speaking up. It’s crucial for all of us to be on the lookout for signs of elder abuse, and to say something if something doesn’t seem right.
Elder Abuse has become a global social issue which affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of millions of older people around the world – including Australians.
This is an issue which deserves the attention of everyone in the community, and Crime Stoppers is proud to play a role in helping to raise awareness.
Older people are an essential part of our community and must be protected. They are entitled to respect and we all have a responsibility to ensure they are treated well and cared for.
If you know of someone who might be at risk, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to www.crimestoppers.com.au
You don’t have to say who you are or get any further involved.
A safer Australia starts with you.