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. If you believe you or anyone you know may be experiencing elder abuse, you can call the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169.
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.
Community awareness of elder abuse is vital. The microsite www.elderabusetasmania.com.au contains a video about elder abuse and information about the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline.
You can also share the resources below 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.
We particularly ask that people consider the statements on these resources. If you or someone you know answers “no” to any of them, you or they may wish to ring the Helpline.
Note: This bookmark and poster promote the National Elder Abuse Helpline number. Please be assured that if you ring the national number from Tasmania you will be taken directly to the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline. If you know someone interstate who needs information about elder abuse, you can give them the national number and it will take them directly to the elder abuse helpline in the state they are ringing from.