As Australia’s population ages, the frequency of elder abuse increases. Older people from non-English speaking backgrounds may be more vulnerable to elder abuse due to a range of factors, including access to appropriate information and services, dependence on family members for support and cross-generational expectations in relation to care. There may also be cultural factors that affect how elder abuse is perceived and responded to in different communities. Elder abuse usually refers to the abuse or neglect of older people by family, friends and carers. Psychological and financial abuse are common types of elder abuse.
The Australian Law Reform Commission a Discussion Paper and is calling for submissions from organisations and individuals in response to the 43 proposals for law reform in the Discussion Paper or to any of the material in the paper. The ALRC is particularly interested in hearing from people from CALD communities or backgrounds.
To see a copy of the discussion paper and/or to make online submissions, see https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/elder-abuse-dp83 Submissions are due by 27 February 2017.