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Stopping Elder Abuse: new SA Government campaign

Older South Australians have the right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect. Decisions about their lives, finances, where they live, health care, lifestyle and relationships are important and older people have the right to make these decisions as they wish.

However, every year, approximately 5% of older people will experience some form of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, by someone known and trusted to them. For every reported case, another five cases remain hidden and unreported.

The Office for the Ageing, SA Health, has launched a campaign to help safeguard the rights of older people and increase awareness of elder abuse, by helping the South Australian community to recognise the signs of elder abuse and know where to go for support and information.

Around one in 20 older Australians experiences some form of abuse from someone they trust, who is often a member of their own family. This abuse can be financial, emotional, physical and even sexual. It is important that the community has a clear understanding of the rights of older people and how these rights can be protected. This includes being aware of the signs of elder abuse and knowing where to go for help.

More information on recognising the signs can be found here. People concerned about possible abuse can also call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.

October 2015