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Preventing elder abuse in the city

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May 02, 2018


Older residents and their families are encouraged to learn more about their rights and signs of elder abuse by dropping in to a local community centre and speaking to experts.

The City of Sydney has partnered with Elder Abuse NSW Helpline & Resource Unit to run free, monthly referral hubs at Ultimo Community Centre and Reginald Murphy Centre in Potts Point.

The free hubs will provide people aged 55 years and over with information about their legal rights, accommodation options, relationships, domestic violence and aged care services.

“This important joint initiative supports our older residents to feel and be safe from elder abuse,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We have a  zero tolerance approach to elder abuse, and work with  police, support services and the community to raise awareness, prevent abuse from occurring and to support those at risk.

“Staff at the City’s community centres have been trained to look for signs of elder abuse and are able to provide advice and support to our older residents.”

Older people can speak to the hub’s specialists in law, domestic violence, housing and crisis accommodation and will be connected with tailored support if needed.

Interpreters will also be available to ensure people can receive the right information in their own language.

Abuse of older people often goes unrecognised in the community, but research suggests that as many as 50,000 older people in NSW may have experienced some form of elder abuse.

The majority of alleged abusers are trusted family members, neighbours, friends or paid carers.

Elder abuse is a form of domestic and family violence, but it is estimated that only one in five cases of elder abuse are actually reported.

The World Health Organisation defines elder abuse a single or repeated act occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.

Elder abuse can be physical, psychological or emotional, sexual or financial abuse. Intentional or unintentional neglect is also considered as a form of elder abuse.

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Free monthly referral hub for over 55s

If you have questions about your legal rights, accommodation options, relationships, domestic violence and aged care services, come along to the free monthly referral hub at City of Sydney community centres.

Where: Reginald Murphy Centre, 19 Greenknowne Avenue, Potts Point
Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm
Dates: Monday 7 May, Thursday 14 June, Monday 9 July, Monday 13 August, Monday 10 September, Monday 8 October, Monday 12 November, Monday 10 December
More info:

Where: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo (entry via Bulwara Road)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Dates: Wednesday 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 15 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November, 12 December
More info:

If you require an interpreter at the referral hub, please phone 02 8374 6310

To contact the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline phone 1800 628 221

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