The SA Government is committed to upholding the rights of older South Australians and other adults who may be vulnerable to abuse or neglect
If you suspect you or someone you know is at risk of or is being abused, you can call the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310, Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm for information, support or to make a report to the Adult Safeguarding Unit, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adult Safeguarding Unit (ASU) became operational on 1 October 2019. It is located in Office for Ageing Well and has a strong focus on safeguarding the rights of adults at risk of abuse.
Key functions of the ASU include:
Reporting suspected or actual abuse to the ASU is voluntary. Once a report has been made, the ASU will assess the report to determine the most appropriate action. Actions may include:
In providing a safeguarding response, the ASU will complement the role of other organisations and government bodies, rather than duplicate services.
The ASU will work positively with and for the adult at risk of abuse, to preserve relationships that are important to them. At all times, the ASU will balance the need to intervene, with the adult’s right to autonomy and self-determination. In most cases, consent of the adult at risk will be sought before any safeguarding action is taken.
For the first three years of operation, the Unit will respond to reports or concerns of abuse in relation to people aged 65 years and over, and 50 years and over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. From 2022, the Unit will work with all adults who may be vulnerable to abuse, regardless of age.
For free professionally printed resources about the Adult Safeguarding Unit, please complete the Adult Safeguarding Unit Resources Order Form (PDF 799KB) and email to email@example.com.
Around 1 in 20 older Australians experiences abuse from a person they know and trust, such as a family member, friend, carer, or neighbour. It can occur at home, in places visited regularly, or where services or care are accessed. However, abuse can often remain hidden and continue without any suspicions being aroused.
Abuse is any deliberate or unintentional action, or lack of action, carried out by a person, often in a trusted relationship, which causes distress and/or harm to a person who may be vulnerable, or causes loss or damage to property or assets.
The behaviours and signs of abuse can include, but are not limited to:
If you suspect you or another person aged 65 and over, or 50 and over if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, are at risk of or are being abused, you can take action and make a report or seek advice by:
Anyone can make a report and you can remain anonymous if you wish.
The ASU is not an emergency/crisis service. Dial 000 for emergencies.
Please visit Stop Elder Abuse for more information on the following: