Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Australia: Reports of elder abuse soar

The number of elderly Queenslanders reporting they are victims of abuse has surged in Queensland – and the perpetrators are usually their adult children.  Queensland's Elder Abuse Helpline received 651 new cases of abuse in the nine months to March, a 47 per cent increase on the same time the previous year.  Nearly half the cases related to psychological abuse, 29 per cent involved financial abuse – where their money is stolen or misused – and 14 per cent of the cases involved physical abuse.  Seniors Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr, said the growing numbers were due more to increased awareness of the helpline rather than a dramatic jump in the number of elderly people being abused.

Source/more: Courier Mail,  http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23854456-3102,00.html


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