Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
$100,000 to Older People’s Rights Service to raise awareness of elder abuse
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today with a $100,000 funding boost to raise awareness of the issue in WA.
The funding allocated to the Older People’s Rights Service will go towards a project to promote awareness of exploitation and abuse of older people.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity for Western Australians to examine the issue of the vulnerability of older people,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“Today it would pay for all West Australians to reflect on the treatment of elders in our community and remember that there is no excuse for elder abuse or exploitation.”
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 Older People’s Rights Service provides a legal service for older people experiencing elder abuse as well as crisis counselling and support. The extra funding announced today is in addition to annual funding of $216,000 for the Older People’s Rights Service.
Earlier this week, the Minister launched the State Government’s strategy on elder abuse and exploitation at the ‘Preventing Elder Exploitation and Abuse Symposium’ one-day public forum in Perth.
“Research shows that older people are at an increased risk of being subject to a misuse of power in a trusted relationship,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“This can manifest itself as psychological and emotional abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
“The State Government will continue to do all we can to give older people access to the information they need.”
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an annual awareness event taking place on June 15
Research by the Crime Research Centre at The University of Western Australia estimates as many as 12,500 West Australians were exploited or abused last year
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