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Elder Abuse Phoneline

In supporting older people to uphold their rights, the Abuse Prevention Program is guided by the United Nations Principles for Older Persons (1991) that include the following:

Independence

Includes access to basic needs, health care, work, education programs, the right to live at home as long as possible in supportive, safe environments.

Participation

In social activities and opportunities to share their knowledge and skills with their community.

Care

That maintains their optimum level of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and includes access to social and legal services.

Self-fulfilment

To realise their potential and access educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources.

Dignity

To be treated fairly, to be valued in their own right, to live in dignity and security, to be free of exploitation, physical and mental abuse, to be able to exercise personal autonomy.
Other rights include:

  • Confidentiality
  • Be consulted
  • Involve an advocate to assist you to regain control of your life
  • Have access and control over your own money
  • Make a complaint.