Elder abuse is the mistreatment or neglect of an older person, committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust such as a partner, family member, friend or carer. It can be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual.
Experts believe approximately six per cent of older Australians are abused by someone they trust. It could be as high as 20 per cent. This is a difficult situation and many people feel a sense of shame in seeking assistance as the perpetrator can be a family member.
Having a network of people you can rely on is valuable support for anyone who is feeling vulnerable within a family situation. This might include having interests outside the home or in some cases having a Support Worker visit regularly if you receive additional assistance.
What else might you consider:
To speak to someone about how you are feeling, you might consider calling a counsellor to discuss your situation in confidence.
Confidential phone counselling services:
Lifeline: 131 114
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36
Where to get more help:
Seniors Rights Victoria Helpline on 1300 368 821.