Detecting elder abuse in women – and what to do about it

The perpetrator is usually someone the elderly person knows and trusts

Elder abuse is any act that causes harm to an older person.


Women are at greater risk of elder abuse than men.

Data from elder abuse helplines in Australia indicate that about 70% of elder abuse victims are women.

While awareness of elder abuse is increasing, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys in Australia, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.

Elder abuse includes direct physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual