Elder abuse

Elder abuse is a form of family violence featuring the unique dynamics between the older person and a family member such as an adult child. It can also present as short- or long-term intimate partner violence, carer abuse or stress and long-standing family conflict.

Your Voice – Trust Your Choice

The Department of Health and Human Services funded the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) to work in partnership with Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, in developing a booklet for older people, Your Voice – Trust Your Choice.

This booklet includes:

  • helpful tips
  • case studies
  • sample wording to assist in thinking about and making enduring powers of attorney.

For more information, see Your Voice – Trust Your Choice on the OPA website. 

See also the booklet, Take Control on the OPA website, to be read together with Your Voice – Trust Your Choice.

For community information, factsheets and resources on elder abuse, visit Seniors Online.

For help or advice

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing elder abuse, these services may be of assistance:

Seniors Rights Victoria
1300 368 821
A community legal centre that specialises in elder abuse. They provide:

  • a free and confidential helpline
  • legal advice and case work
  • advocacy and referral
  • community education.

Elder Rights Advocacy
1800 700 600
They support older people, their families and representatives to address their concerns about Australian Government funded aged care services. It is a free service that provides advocacy, information, support and advice for Victorians in residential and home care programs.

Office of the Public Advocate
1300 309 337
For information or assistance regarding Enduring Power of Attorney, Guardianship or Administration matters. 

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe situation, phone Victoria Police on 000.

Service providers for older people

For more information for professionals who work with older people, visit Elder abuse on our Providers website.