Dr Anthony Lynham


Help stop elder abuse

Friday 12 June 2015 –

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Monday 15 June. The Palaszczuk Labor Government is committed to helping prevent elder abuse and is supporting the ‘Trust your Instinct’ domestic and family violence prevention campaign. The campaign is being extended to focus on elder abuse, which is an often less recognised form of family violence.

Elder abuse is an act, or inappropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is a expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. The most common forms of elder abuse are financial abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse and neglect.

To help raise awareness of elder abuse a number of iconic Brisbane landmarks will turn purple on Monday night, including City Hall, the Treasury Casino and King George Square. There will be an official ‘lighting’ at dusk as part of an afternoon seniors information expo (3-6pm) hosted by the Queensland Government in King George Square. The expo will feature information stalls from service providers as well as community groups. For more information visit www.facebook.com/trustyourinstinctnow

For confidential advice and support call 1300 651 192 or visit www.qld.gov.au/trustyourinstinct

The ‘Trust your Instinct’ Elder Abuse Prevention campaign is supported by Heritage Bank, Queensland Rail, Public Trustee, Queensland Police Service, Public Safety Business Agency and Clubs Queensland.