Stop Elder Abuse

Older South Australians have the right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect. Decisions about their lives, finances, where they live, health care, lifestyle and relationships are important and older people have the right to make these decisions as they wish.

The South Australian Charter of the Rights and Freedoms of Older People helps you to understand what these rights are.

Every year, approximately 5% of older people will experience some form of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, by someone known and trusted to them. For every reported case, another five cases remain hidden and unreported.

Everyone can help prevent elder abuse by learning what it is, how to recognise the signs and know what supports are available in the community.

Recognise the signs and help put an end to Elder Abuse - visit Stop Elder Abuse for more information.

Take action if you suspect abuse is occurring – call the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.

Please take our short survey about the Stop Elder Abuse web pages. 

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is any action, or lack of action, deliberate or unintentional, which causes distress, harm, or serious risk of harm to an older person.

Stop elder abuse - Campaign and community awareness

Find out more about the new SA Government Stop Elder Abuse Campaign and resources to help spread the message across the community.

Safeguarding the rights of older people

Find out more about your rights as an older South Australian and where to get assistance.

Elder abuse - information and services

Services and organisations which can provide you with information and support if you have concerns about elder abuse.

South Australian elder abuse prevention phone line

SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line is operated on behalf of the SA Government and provides confidential elder abuse support and advice to the community.

Elder abuse - What's happening in South Australia?

Read about elder abuse prevention and response activities in South Australia.