The Problem: Elder abuse

  • Elder Abuse

    can be physical, sexual, psychological, social, financial and neglect.

  • Between 5-10% Australians

    aged over 65 have reported being the victim of some form of abuse with over 80% of perpetrators being known to the victim.

  • Why don’t older Australians

    report domestic violence and abuse? The primary reason is that the victims often rely on the perpetrator for care, fear of recrimination and a strong sense of shame that they are being abused by a close family member.

The Solution: Despite numerous reports, reviews and recommendations being produced by, and for, regulators and Government, we still have no real idea of the number of older Australians being subjected to elder abuse on a daily basis.

Greysafe believes the only way to uncover the true extent of elder abuse happening in Australia is for a Royal Commission to take place. If ‘estimates’ are correct that between 175,000 – 250,000 older Australians are suffering abuse, we need to act now.

Following the recent release of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) report into Elder Abuse, we call on the Federal Government to initiate a national summit on elder abuse to be attended by all heads of Australian Governments, regulators and key industry leaders. This summit should take place without delay and aim to develop and implement new national standards to stamp out elder abuse and toughen laws to protect older Australians suspected to be at risk of or the recipient of elder abuse.

We also call on COAG to work together to develop legislation to strengthen sentencing laws for elder abuse to help act as a deterrent to perpetrators of elder abuse.

To support our calls for political and legislative change, Greysafe is currently developing our own national community-led initiative to help address the hidden epidemic of elder abuse.

Greysafe believes the only way to uncover the true extent of elder abuse happening in Australia is for the Federal Government to immediately initiate a Royal Commission.