Police show support for elder abuse campaign

Queensland Police are supporting this year’s elder abuse campaign.

The campaign is set to run until the end of this month and is focussed on highlighting the most common forms of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is a single or repeated act that occurs within a relationship of trust with an older person which causes them harm or distress.

Elder abuse can take many different forms including financial, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect.

Although this is a global problem, it can have local solutions.

Older people often face barriers and blockades that prevent them from seeking help themselves, so it is important that they have access to support when they need it.

The theme for this year’s campaign is:

“Elder abuse happens. Know the signs – make it stop.”

This year’s campaign is raising awareness about elder abuse so people have the information they need to be able to assist someone to access help, whether that be a family member, friend, neighbour, other loved one, or even themselves.

Elder Abuse Coordinator Acting Senior Sergeant Rodney Bell of the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit said elder abuse is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Elder abuse can take many forms, and unfortunately is often perpetrated by family members,” Acting Senior Sergeant Bell said.

“The QPS supporting this campaign is about raising awareness about what elder abuse is, identifying the signs and help avenues available.

“The Queensland Police Service is committed to protecting our older Queenslanders and this is something we will continue to do everything we can to highlight and prevent.”

For more information about elder abuse and the help available, go to the elder abuse website.

The Elder Abuse Helpline is also available for free, confidential advice and support for anyone experiencing elder abuse or witnessing abuse. Call 133 651 192.

In an emergency or if the crime is happening now, call Triple Zero (000).

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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