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Elder abuse must be stopped

Last published on 17 Jun 2019 in Media releases

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is providing the NSW community the opportunity to learn how to speak-up for vulnerable citizens in our community.

Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said the event reminds us of the importance of educating ourselves about the signs of elder abuse, a scourge that we must eradicate from our society.

"Everyone in our community has the right to live in safety and the abuse of older people must stop," said Mr Sidoti.

The Government is taking historic steps to further its goal to stamp out all forms of elder abuse by establishing an Ageing and Disability Commissioner from July 2019.

"The Commissioner will be charged with protecting seniors and adults with a disability from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings," said Mr Sidoti.

The appointee will have power to investigate allegations of abuse and provide support to vulnerable adults and their families.
An estimated 50,000 older people in NSW may have experienced some form of abuse.

"While the results of physical abuse are often obvious, financial and emotional abuse and neglect can be hidden from public view," said Mr Sidoti.

People who witness, suspect or experience abuse are urged to call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit on 1800 628 221 or visit www.elderabusehelpline.com.au for information, support and referrals. If there is an emergency or immediate danger, call 000.

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