What is Elder Abuse?
Elder Abuse is when someone in a relationship of trust with an older person commits an act causing emotional, psychological, financial, physical or sexual harm or neglect. Older people may not report or discuss concerns about abuse with others because of feelings of shame, fear of retaliation, worries about involving other family members, concerns about being put in an aged care facility (ie nursing home), or losing contact with family members, such as children or grandchildren. Often they are not aware that they are experiencing abuse, or may feel that it is their own fault.
If you or someone you know is experiencing Elder Abuse, in Queensland you can call the free and confidential Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If you, or someone you know is at risk of immediate harm, call the police.
Visit the Queensland Government website for more information about Elder Abuse, how to recognise abuse, how to get help or to access support services.
The Seniors enquiry line has information for older people in Queensland, their families and friends, grandparents and carers. Call 1300 135 500.
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