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 ECCV has completed a three year project to increase awareness of elder abuse in ethnic communities (2012-2015). ECCV worked in partnership with ethnic and multicultural organisations and Senior Rights Victoria to deliver culturally appropriate messages about elder abuse, its prevention and pathways to support. 

The ECCV has received funding to extend the project to another six communities, the Croatian and Polish communities in 2015, and the Vietnamese and Indian communities in 2016.  We will be working with the Jewish community in 2015-17. We hope to work with the Italian and Arabic-speaking communities in the final year of the project. Work will 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  please contact  eccv@eccv.org.au  

    Community Advisory Groups for the Polish and Croatian communities will be formed in the coming months.  A new project brief can be downloaded here 

    Work will continue with the six communities from the first stage of the project (see below)

    ECCV's Elder Abuse Project 2012-15 

    In October 2014, ECCV launched Within My Walls, a community education short film resource on elder abuse.

    Click below to view the Within My Walls information clip in English.

    In-language resources are available in:

    ECCV has worked with the Chinese, Greek, Filipino, Macedonian, Turkish,  Serbian Polish and Croatian communities.

    The communities' advice and opinion on how to raise awareness of the issue of mistreatment of older people included identifying the cultural context in their own communities led to the creation of resource kits on elder abuse prevention in partnership with Seniors Rights Victoria. 

    The kits are designed to support bilingual professionals working with seniors from these communities and raise awareness in the community and to support bilingual professionals working with seniors from their respective communities. 

    Media Releases


    Download the project plan here

    The project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Senior Victorians, Aged Care Branch and is part of the Elder abuse prevention and response guidelines for action 2012-14.

    The Seniors Rights Victoria (1300 368 821) helpline is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday. However, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger contact Victoria Police on 000. Learn more about SRV by watching this online video.

    For more information contact Fiona York, ECCV Seniors Project Officer on 9349 4122.

    Further Resources

    ECCV position paper (2010) – Elder Abuse Prevention 
    ECCV culturally responsive elder abuse prevention workshops (2010) – ECCV reportpresentation, and flyer. Delivered by ECCV, AGWS & APCS
    ECCV discussion Paper (2009) – Reclaiming Respect and Dignity: Elder Abuse Prevention in Ethnic Communities
    ECCV Discussion Paper (2009) – Unready, Unwilling and Ageing, Ethnic Baby Boomers and their Parents (217 KB)
    ECCV Golden Years (2009) – Issue 97 Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness in Multicultural Communities
    ECCV world elder abuse awareness day (2009)– aged care forum on elder abuse prevention and awareness in ethnic communities
    Victorian government elder abuse prevention guidelines
    Relevant research
    Primary Care Partnership Elder Abuse Prevention Toolkits 2012

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