ECCV marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

ECCV marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day through continued advocacy and raising awareness of elder abuse in multicultural communities.

ECCV has been working closely with the Filipino, Macedonian, Chinese, Greek, Serbian and Turkish communities to raise awareness about this issue.

Culturally appropriate information has been developed, in close consultation with community advisory groups, and bilingual workers have been trained to deliver community education on elder abuse. This includes a film Within My Walls depicting common scenarios and overdubbed into seven languages.

Nearly 3000 people have attended community education delivered in the first language of participants, including film screenings, plays and visits to social clubs.

“Sadly, many older people are mistreated by people they trust.  This type of mistreatment can even lead to older people becoming homeless.  Up to 5% of people over 65 experience what is known as “elder abuse”. Elder abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their gender, culture or religion,” ECCV chairperson Eddie Micallef said.


“Elder abuse may be more hidden and more under-reported in ethnic communities than in the general population.  Older people from migrant backgrounds may not know where to go for help or may rely more on their children following migration.”

“We need culturally responsive services and ethnic community education – that’s why this project is so important.

“When culturally diverse communities talk openly about this issue, it gives people permission to speak up if they or someone they know is experiencing abuse. The needs and wellbeing of older people are as important as those of the rest of the family.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on June 15 and is the annual day to raise awareness of elder abuse throughout the world.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events

  • Australian Filipino Community Services is holding a Purple Day on June 12 in Dandenong to coincide with Philippines Independence Day, with the theme “Freedom from Oppression, Neglect and Abuse” and featuring traditional purple Ube cake.
  • Serbian Community Association is screening the film Within my walls as part of a community education session in Serbian on June 18 in Carrum Downs.  SBS Serbian will broadcast an interview on elder abuse on Monday 15 June and on 3SER on June 18.
  • Macedonian Community Welfare Association will devote their radio session on Plenty Valley Radio to the topic of elder abuse on Wed 18 June
  • Australian Greek Welfare Association held a Greek film screening and session on Greek radio 3XY with the theme of respectful relationships
  • Frankston City Council holding screenings of the film Within My Walls, with community education delivered by ECCV’s bilingual educators,  for the Greek Elderly Women’s Club (22 June), Greek Elderly Seniors (23 June) and Mandarin Seniors (30 June) in Frankston
  • Whitehorse City Council is holding a morning tea, with support from ECCV Cantonese-speaking bilingual educator on 17 June in Box Hill
  • Seniors Rights Victoria (who have partnered with ECCV in this project) are holding an event at Melbourne Town Hall, Portico Room Monday, 15 June 2015 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Click here for more information about ECCV's elder abuse project 

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