Western Australia Minister for Seniors and Ageing Mick Murray
Funding Certainty For Frontline In Battle Against Elder Abuse
Victor P Taffa
- Elder abuse prevention services receive 5-year funding guarantee to ensure critical on-the-ground support is maintained
- Advocare’s Western Australia Elder Abuse Helpline provides confidential advice to vulnerable seniors
- Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice to those experiencing elder abuse
McGowan Government has provided funding certainty to Western Australia’s critical on-the-ground elder abuse prevention services, launching a 5-year funding agreement to ensure their work on the frontline of elder abuse prevention continues.
“As our population ages, elder abuse is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue that has horrible effects on the emotional, physical and financial health of its victims.” Minister for Seniors and Ageing Mick Murray said.
“Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre provides vital legal support to elder abuse victims and a 5-year service agreement will give them the security needed to continue supporting victims.”
Service providers Advocare and the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre provide free confidential advice to seniors who suspect they may be experiencing elder abuse.
Services are in many cases the first, and sometimes only, port of call for vulnerable seniors seeking information about elder abuse issues.
Advocare will receive a $150,000 per year funding guarantee to enable it to continue to provide free, confidential advice to vulnerable seniors some of whom do not have friends or family to confide in with suspected cases of abuse.
Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre will receive $277,614 per year in a 5-year agreement, ensuring the centre can continue providing advice on legal recourse for elder abuse victims, particularly those who have suffered financial abuse.