Case Examples

Example One

Mrs B contacted the Abuse Prevention Program after a visit with her GP who wrote a letter outlining her injuries. Mrs B did not report her physical abuse at that time to the police.

Mrs B told the advocate that her son and grand-daughter were living with her in her own home. She had raised her grand-daughter for years since she was about 5 years old. Recently her grand-daughter slapped her on the face for no reason, that is, nothing was said before this happened to provoke her grand-daughter. To keep the peace, she didn't say anything to her son until the next morning. Her grand-daughter denied hitting her grandmother. After a heated argument, Mrs B's son then lashed out and hit his mother on the jaw.

She was very shocked at her son's behaviour towards her and was very upset and embarrassed that her son would physically hurt her. There had been no communication between her and her son and grand-daughter since these incidences.

Another incident followed soon after. The son grabbed her upper arm whilst making threats to harm her. She had decided that she was no longer willing to put up with this fearful situation.
Mrs B contacted ARAS and informed an advocate that she was very frightened, but was reluctant to take action against them because she feared retribution. She had asked them to both leave her home but they said that they would leave in their own time - when they felt they were ready.
The advocate informed Mrs B that her options were to report her physical abuse to her local police station and to take her letter from her GP outlining her injuries. Mrs B could also seek legal advice about her rights in regards to how she could have them removed from her home.

The advocate supported Mrs B with these options, including an intervention order on her son. Once again, Mrs B felt safe and secure in her own home.

Example Two

Mrs T contacted the Abuse Prevention Program and stated that six months ago, she had spent time in hospital due to major surgery. During this time her son and daughter had offered to help manage her finances, so Mrs T signed an Enduring Power of Attorney. Mrs T stated that she thought it seemed a good idea at the time but had not understood the extent of power she handed over to her children.

On checking her bank statements when she returned home, her bank balance had dropped by $20,000. Mrs T stated that the Enduring Power of Attorney had also sent a real estate agent to view her home and she believed that several antique items were now missing. When she raised this with her children they became defensive and stated that if she didn't stop causing trouble they would put her away, and she would never see her grandchildren ever again.

The advocate assisted Mrs T by discussing options for recovering her money and protecting her finances in the future and by getting her access to a legal service for information about the role and responsibilities of an Enduring Power of Attorney as well as assistance with drafting a letter, asking Mrs T's children to repay the money. The advocate also discussed the option of speaking with her doctor about her legal capacity to make financial decisions. This is considered a safeguard when thinking about revoking a current Enduring Power of Attorney.

Through the Abuse Prevention Program, Mrs T took control of her life and placed specific conditions into the Enduring Power of Attorney document making her wishes known to those acting on her behalf. As a result, Mrs T's financial future was now protected and secured due to the advocate's support and assistance.

Please note: Fictitious names and circumstances are used in the examples provided. Any similarities to readers' names or situations are incidental.