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 (PDF 101KB) 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.

Know the signs. Speak Up and Help Stop Elder Abuse. Call the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310 Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm. Trained staff will provide you with free, confidential, culturally sensitive advice, or you can leave a message and they will contact you.

Phone line staff can help you find services, and provide you with important information about your rights, or advice that can assist you.

The South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line cannot respond to emergencies. If your situation is an emergency, call triple 000 to speak with police or ambulance services.

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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.