The United Nations has designated 15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day each year, communities all over the globe take a stand against the abuse of older people.
Each WEAAD, COTA Tasmania organises Walks Against Elder Abuse in cities around the State, supported by the Tasmanian Government, the City of Hobart, the City of Launceston and Burnie City Council.
The media coverage these events attract contributes to COTA Tasmania’s ability to advocate for systemic change to help prevent elder abuse. Between them, our 2019 WEAAD activities received pre- and/or post-event media coverage in the Examiner, the Advocate and The Senior newspapers, ABC Radio Northern Tasmania, ABC Radio Southern Tasmania, City Park Radio Launceston, Southern Cross television and WIN television. These included several interviews with our CEO Sue Leitch and an interview with our Tasmanian Policy Council member Ian Fletcher.
If you’re experiencing elder abuse or know someone who is, please call the
Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169.