Abuse of Older People – Overview


What is Elder Abuse?

World Health Organisation (WHO): Toronto Declaration on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse, described ‘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 take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.

Australian Law Reform Commission Issues Paper – What is Elder Abuse

Other Jurisdiction Definitions

USA: Elder abuse is an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. (An older adult is defined as someone age 60 or older.)  cdc.gov/violenceprevention/elderabuse/definitions.html

Other Definitions – See also our page Abuse of Older People – Definitions and Research

Australian National Plan

Commonwealth Attorney-General National Plan on Elder Abuse

Qld Law Handbook Resources

10 Tips to protect yourself

Sharing a home with friends or family

Financial gifts and loans

Raising money from the family home

Common financial mistakes for older people

Preventing violence

Other Information

Legal Aid

Legal Aid – Elder Abuse Factsheet

Qld Government

Information for Health Professionals – Identify elder abuse and support patients
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