Elder abuse prevention in ethnic communities

Elder abuse is any act that harms older people and that is carried out by someone they know and should be able to trust such as family or friends. Such harm can be financial, physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, including mistreatment or neglect. ECCV would like to see suspected elder abuse in ethnic communities addressed within the context of cultural behaviours, values and expectations.

This project is funded by the Victorian government and aims to increase awareness of elder abuse in ethnic communities. ECCV works in collaboration with ethnic and multicultural organisations and Senior Rights Victoria to deliver culturally appropriate messages about elder abuse, its prevention and pathways to support.

In the first three years of the project ECCV worked with the Chinese, Greek, Filipino, Macedonian, Turkish and Serbian communities. In 2015 the ECCV successfully obtained further funding to extend the project to another six communities; the Croatian and Polish communities in 2015, and the Vietnamese and Indian communities in 2016, the Jewish community in 2015-17.  ECCV is looking to work with the Italian and Arabic-speaking communities in the final year of the project. Work will also continue with the communities from the first stage of the project.

If you are involved in these communities or are part of a community that is not listed and would like to be a part of the project, please contact  eccv@eccv.org.au  

  • A project brief can be downloaded here 
  • As part of the project, ECCV launched Within My Walls, a community education short film resource on elder abuse.
  • Click to view Within My Walls in English
  • Click below to view the Within My Walls information clip in English.

See below links for in-language resources including Within My Walls clips and resource kits for professionals working with seniors from their culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

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