Today, 15 June, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
According to COTA (Council On The Ageing) Tasmania, it is estimated that between 3,000 and 4,500 older Tasmanians are victims of abuse. The abuse takes many forms including emotional, physical, financial, sexual or neglect.
People unfortunately become more vulnerable to abuse as they grow older, and are often reluctant to report it, especially since around half of the abuse is perpetrated by family members. This is why preventing elder abuse is a responsibility of the entire community and we need to raise awareness.
Elder abuse can be reported via the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169.