Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of injury, illness, lost productivity, isolation and despair. Confronting and reducing elder abuse requires a multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach.
Active Ageing, A Policy Framework, WHO (2002)
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is any act occurring within a relationship where there is an implication of trust, which results in harm to an older person. Abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/or neglect.
Australian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Working Definition (1999)
More effective strategies are needed to prevent elder abuse from occurring, to increase community awareness of elder abuse and to improve the support and protection of older people who are abused.
Confronting and reducing elder abuse requires a multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach.
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