World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is the United Nations internationally recognised day

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

June 15 every year marks the United Nations internationally recognised day – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse can take many forms such as physical, social, financial, emotional and sexual. Research shows that older women over the age of 80 are most at risk and their own children are likely to be the most perpetrators.

As Australia’s population is ageing, the number of vulnerable people is increasing, making elder abuse one of our most serious emerging social issues. We want to help raise awareness about it now, so that we can help people prevent the crime from occurring.

At any given time, State Trustees is investigating up to 200 cases of alleged financial elder abuse including cases where a person in a position of trust takes or misuses an older person’s money, property or assets.

State Trustees’ Financial Elder Abuse Investigations (Jan 2014 – Dec 2015) showed that out of the 91 finalised cases, while 15% of the cases ended positively, 23% ended due to the death of the client, 39% of cases were finalized as there was no evidence to continue with the investigation and 20% of cases are not pursued after legal advice; leaving the victim and/or their families still vulnerable.

State Trustees can help prepare an enduring power of attorney, and/or be appointed as an attorney for financial matters.