Queenslanders are being encouraged to make the call to the Elder Abuse Helpline if they suspect someone they know is experiencing elder abuse.
Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person. The most common forms include emotional, financial and physical abuse and neglect.
Each month in Queensland alone, an average of 83 cases of elder abuse is reported to the state’s Elder Abuse Helpline. It is likely the actual numbers are higher, as many cases go unreported due to low community awareness and victims being too scared or ashamed to speak out.
The Queensland Government’s Make the call campaign aims to address these issues by encouraging people experiencing elder abuse, and those who suspect someone is being abused, to call the Elder Abuse Helpline 1300 651 192 for advice and support on effective responses.
The initiative is proudly supported by the Queensland Police Service, who will be helping promote the campaign messages through social media, in police stations and to police staff.
You can help prevent elder abuse by:
- Knowing the signs and recognising if someone you know is experiencing elder abuse.
- Trusting your instincts and calling the Elder Abuse Helpline for confidential advice if you suspect someone is experiencing elder abuse.
- Supporting the person experiencing elder abuse.
- Organising an awareness raising event or other community action in your local area on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June.