On Friday the 15th June DCLS hosted an event to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Participants were involved in an information and discussion session to outline the issue and presence of Elder Abuse in the Northern Territory. Following the theme of ‘RESPECT – VALUE – PROTECT’, Darwin artist Sandra Kendell facilitated a creative project for the participants. A collaborative canvas of a field of flowers was created with each participant reflecting on their own values and painting a flower in watercolour. All flowers were placed on a large canvas to form a field of flowers growing together.
Upon completion, Linda Weatherhead (DCLS Executive Director) and Sue Brownlee (Elder Abuse Prevention Project Worker) presented the artwork to Minister Moss and the MLA for Port Darwin Paul Kirby at Parliament House.
The day also marked the announcement of results from our Elder Abuse Survey of the Northern Territory. This survey was designed to engage with care givers and service providers in the sector and to draw on their experience in developing ways to prevent abuse and to protect older people. We also aimed to retrieve an indication of the prevalence and type of abuse experienced by older people in the Northern Territory. We were both delighted and overwhelmed with the response, and the results have been collated in a Survey Report. This report was released at the event and is available online.