Deanne Lawrie has heard many discouraging stories like Aylin in her eight years at the UnitingCare Elder Abuse Prevention Unit in Brisbane.
Deanne Lawrie of the Brisbane Prevention Unit. Credit: SBS News / Matt Guest
He says: “We often hear that older people are being held by adult children or that they are threatening to repay.
“Aging abuse is definitely a hidden issue, but I think it’s coming out of the wild right now.”
Luke Lindsay, general manager of UnitingCare Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Queensland, said: “The perpetrators of crime are people who have a close or intimate relationship with the elderly.
Luke Lindsay is the general manager of the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Credit: SBS News / Matt Guest
“He can be a son, a daughter or a grandson, but also distant relatives.
“Adult children who may have lost their jobs or left business are returning home with their parents. And really the dynamics of this family relationship have fallen apart, “said Ms. Lawrie.
Luke Lindsay and Deanne Lawrie at UnitingCare in Bsirbane Credit: SBS News / Matt Guest
Ms Lawrie says ending the stigma of abuse is key, as many adults are afraid to report abuse from close family members.
Some older Australians are struggling to access the Internet, and people with English as a second language may face other barriers.
Dr Patterson says abuse can cover a wide range – but at its core is the mistreatment of an older Australian.
Dr. Patterson’s Age Discrimination Commissioner Credit: Supply Human Rights Commission
“It can be psychological abuse or it can take other forms, but abuse can sometimes also increase in murder,” Dr. Patterson says.
There are 4.2 million Australians over 65 and this number is expected to rise to 9 million in the next quarter of a century – meaning more older people will be potentially at risk.
Luke Lindsay and Deanne Lawrie urge people to call to discuss abuse claims Credit: SBS News / Matt Guest
“It’s a terrible scourge in Australia and we need to keep an eye on former Australians and report abuse,” Dr Patteson said.
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