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Awareness day helps tackle elder abuse

Last updated: 23/10/2015 2:03 AM
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‚ÄčThe Department of Local Government and Communities has provided a $100,000 funding boost for the elder abuse helpline to continue operating in 2015-16.

The helpline, which is managed and operated by Advocare, was launched in September 2014. Through Advocare, the helpline provides support to older people experiencing, or who are at risk of experiencing, elder abuse. It also offers advice to those who want to help someone who may be a victim of such behaviour.

The funding was announced on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by Minister for Seniors and Volunteering Tony Simpson.

The Older People's Rights Service (OPRS) marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with an event in Forrest Place on 15 June. A partnership between Advocare and the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, OPRS provides a legal service for older people experiencing elder abuse, as well as crisis counselling and support, information, education and referrals.

The Department of Local Government and Communities provides more than $265,000 in funding to the Older People's Rights Service and supports seniors through its work with the multi-agency Alliance for Prevention of Elder Abuse, which coordinates policies aimed at prevention.

The elder abuse helpline number is 1300 724 679. It operates weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm.