Most elder abuse by family of victim, says report

Do you know of anyone in your street, neighbourhood or social groups who maybe suffering from Elder Abuse?   We would like to hear from you, and help to stamp it out.

Sydney Morning Herald – National

June   14  2015
Alana Schetzer

Elder abuse 2Up to 6 per cent of elderly Victorians are being abused, most often by a son or daughter, and often motivated by a sense of entitlement to the victim’s money.

A report released today reveals the scale of the growing problem. An analysis of 755 older people who called the Seniors Rights Victoria helpline showed that the majority of victims suffered from financial abuse (37 per cent), followed by emotional (35.8 per cent). Elderly women were the most likely to be victims.

Victims were also subjected to physical (9.9 per cent), sexual (0.3 per cent) and social abuse (5.2 per cent). Many also suffered from neglect and were not being provided with basic necessities such as food and utilities.

Ninety per cent of the abusers were the victim’s adult child, many of whom suffered from drug, alcohol or gambling addictions, or mental health problems.   Read more 

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About yvonnec23

Business Owner of Special Care Clothing Solutions. I design and retail clothing for people with limited mobility or disability. Founder and Chairperson for SpecialCare Central Inc. which is an information portal Linking People with Disability, Aged Care Citizens and Carers and Families to Service Providers. Secretary at Older People Speak Out, an advocacy group for Seniors rights.
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One Response to Most elder abuse by family of victim, says report

  1. JRH says:

    I wrote my senior thesis on elder abuse and am continuing educating myself about it — glad to see that more people are writing about this issue and raising awareness.

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