If you believe you or anyone you know may be experiencing elder abuse you can call the
Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 353 374.
The Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline is staffed from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday by sensitive and knowledgeable people who can give you information and direct you to appropriate services. It is operated by Advocacy Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian Government.
Elder abuse is defined by the World Health Organization and the Tasmanian Government as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is a expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person”.
Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, financial, social or spiritual, or it can result from neglect.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, some older people will become even more isolated than at other times. Community awareness of elder abuse is always vital but especially when we are experiencing social disruption. Please share these resources produced by the Australian Human Rights Commission with anyone you are concerned about and others who may be in contact with older people.
The bookmark can be shared or printed out and given to older people themselves.
The poster can be shared or printed out and displayed.