Elder Abuse Highlighted By Minister

Elder Abuse Highlighted By Minister

New South Wales Minister for Seniors John Sidoti

Elder Abuse Must Be Stopped

Victor P Taffa

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is providing people in New South Wales the opportunity to learn how to speak-up for vulnerable citizens in our community.

Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said the event reminds us of the importance of educating ourselves about the signs of elder abuse, a scourge that we must eradicate from our society.

“Everyone in our community has the right to live in safety and the abuse of older people must stop.” Minister Sidoti said.

Government is taking historic steps to further its goal to stamp out all forms of elder abuse by establishing an Ageing and Disability Commissioner from July 2019.

“Commissioner will be charged with protecting seniors and adults with a disability from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings.” Minister Sidoti said.

Appointee will have power to investigate allegations of abuse and provide support to vulnerable adults and their families.

An estimated 50,000 older people in New South Wales may have experienced some form of abuse.

“While the results of physical abuse are often obvious, financial and emotional abuse and neglect can be hidden from public view.” Minister Sidoti said.

People who witness, suspect or experience abuse are urged to call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit on 1800 628 221 or elder abuse website for information, support and referrals.

If there is an emergency or immediate danger, call 000.