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Elder abuse in Australia: prevalence

Findings from the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study
Older people Abuse (People) Elder abuse Neglect (People) Victims of family violence Australia
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As part of the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Council of Attorneys‑General, 2019), the Attorney-General’s Department commissioned the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study (NEAPS) to investigate elder abuse. This snapshot provides the key findings of the Survey of Older People (2020), a nationally representative survey of 7,000 people aged 65 and over living in the community (i.e. they did not live in residential aged care settings).

According to the Survey of Older People, 15% of people aged 65 and older living in community dwellings in Australia reported an experience of at least one of five subtypes of elder abuse in the 12 months preceding the survey.

Related Information

National elder abuse prevalence study: final report https://apo.org.au/node/315734

Elder abuse in Australia: psychological abuse https://apo.org.au/node/319762

Elder abuse in Australia: physical abuse https://apo.org.au/node/319761

Elder abuse in Australia: wills, powers of attorney and family agreements https://apo.org.au/node/319760

Elder abuse in Australia: culturally and linguistically diverse Australians https://apo.org.au/node/319757

Elder abuse in Australia: financial abuse https://apo.org.au/node/319756

Elder abuse in Australia: neglect https://apo.org.au/node/319753

Elder abuse in Australia: sexual abuse https://apo.org.au/node/319751

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