Elder Abuse: Support for older people

Peninsula Health is committed to supporting a world free of family violence, including elder abuse.

Our Social Work department has specialist workers, including an Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, available to provide expert advice across Peninsula Health and support to patients. Patients, family members and supporters can ask to speak with a social worker at any stage of care.

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is a form of family violence. The World Health Organisation defines elder abuse as “a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person”.

Elder abuse can include financialpsychologicalsocial, physical and sexual abuse and neglect. It is common for older people to experience at least two types of abuse at any one time.

Useful resources and contacts

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000)

If you are in an emergency situation and require urgent attention, call Triple Zero (000).