Darwin Community Legal Service

The Darwin Community Legal Service Elder Abuse Prevention Project Final Report is now available.

Click this link for the full report: Elder Abuse Prevention Project Final Report

The Final Report on our Elder Abuse project was released in February subsequent to the Elder Abuse Survey Report released last year. The Project identified that 72% of abusers were family members and like other forms of abuse the victims were overwhelmingly women. Many of the victims we worked with were reluctant to report abuse but wanted to see preventative programs in place for the perpetrator, such as alcohol and drug programs.

While Elder Abuse is common in the NT, pathways for response and resolution are largely unavailable. The Report makes a number of recommendations for further action including building the evidence base and addressing the barriers to accessing services for older people, including building the capacity of support workers and informal supports, particularly in remote locations. The Report supports the establishment of a monitoring and investigation body for elder abuse, a “Safeguarding Agency”.

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