12,500 older Western Australians estimated to be victims of elder exploitation and abuse last year
Community awareness campaign to prevent elder abuse to start this year
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched a campaign to prevent elder exploitation and abuse in Western Australia.
Speaking at a public symposium, Mrs McSweeney said the new strategy was aimed at encouraging people to examine their attitudes and behaviours towards older people.
“Research conducted by the Crime Research Centre at The University of Western Australia estimated that as many as 12,500 older Western Australians were exploited or abused last year and that figure could almost double over the next 20 years,” Mrs McSweeney said.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and can take place between an older person and their family and friends. It can include financial, emotional or physical abuse and neglect of an older person.
The Minister said the Government’s public awareness and education campaign was an important step in addressing the issue.
Today’s symposium features international expert Bridget Penhale and the public forum is a bid to raise community awareness of elder exploitation and abuse in the lead-up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday June 15.
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