Tasmania launches elder abuse initiative

News from Tasmanian Premier Lara Gidding’s website talks about the launch of the Tasmanian Elder Abuse helpline. An undoubtedly worthwhile initiative, the helpline is set against a background where, as the media release observes: “It is estimated up to 4200 older Tasmanians suffer physical, emotional verbal or financial abuse at the hands of someone close to them.” This is set to increase statistically as Tasmania moves towards a peak population cohort of over-65s in 2021, totalling one in four Tasmanians.

The Department of Health and Human Services document,Protecting Older Tasmanians from Abuse describes Elder Abuse, defines its topic:  “Abuse of older people is a single or repeated act occurring within a relationship where there is an implication of trust, which causes harm to an older person.”

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