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 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 e-mail email@example.com
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.
The ASU responds to reports or concerns of abuse in relation to adults vulnerable to abuse aged 65 years and over, and 50 years and over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and from 1 October 2020 adults living with a disability. From 2022, the ASU will work with all adults who may be vulnerable to 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 complements the role of other organisations and government bodies, rather than duplicates services.
The ASU works positively with and for the adult at risk of abuse, to preserve relationships that are important to them. At all times, the ASU balances the need to intervene, with the adult’s right to autonomy and self-determination. In most cases, consent of the adult at risk is sought before any safeguarding action is taken.
For free professionally printed resources about the Adult Safeguarding Unit, please complete the Adult Safeguarding Unit Resources Order Form (PDF 799KB) and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The behaviours and signs of abuse can include, but are not limited to:
If you are an older South Australian or adult living with disability, vulnerable to abuse 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.
For more information about organisations that can provide you with information, support and/or take a report, please see the Make a report poster (PDF 60KB).
For more information about Elder Abuse, please visit the Stop Elder Abuse web pages or select from the links below: