Elder Abuse is More Common Than You Think

Medowie Solicitor Brooke Vitnell offers assistance and advice on Elder Abuse. Photo: Marian Sampson.

 

THE Age Care Royal Commission has shown us that elder abuse is a very real threat to vulnerable members of our community.

Sadly this abuse happens in more settings than just aged care facilities.

Sometimes it even happens in an older person’s home.

Medowie Based Solicitor Brooke Vitnell told News Of The Area, “As a local solicitor based in Medowie I was invited to join Medowie Probus Group to address their members and guests on the topics of Elder Abuse, Enduring Guardianship, Enduring Power of Attorney and Institutionalised Child Sexual Abuse.

“The most common types of elder abuse are: financial abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, isolation / neglect and abandonment.”

The Australian Institute of Family Studies estimates that 14% of older Australians aged 65 years and older, experience some form of abuse every day.

These statistics are particularly alarming given the growing number of older Australians in our region and here in Port Stephens.

“In our society one’s age should have no bearing on one’s right to live free of financial or physical abuse,” Ms Vitnell said.

Victims of elder abuse, physical or financial or someone who may suspect they know a victim should call the police.

Reports can also be filed through the Ageing & Disability Commissioner’s Elder Abuse Hotline on: 1800 628 221 or you can also lodge a complaint or application with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

Brooke offers her time pro-bono to speak to community groups and clarify legal issues which face us in our day to day lives.

If you would like to invite Brooke to visit your community group to discuss these and other topics free of charge please email [email protected]

If you are experiencing family or domestic violence, please contact 1800Respect (1800 737 732) or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.

You can also call the New South Wales Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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