Do you know how to identify elder abuse?

QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to help prevent elder abuse in their communities by being alert to its signs and taking action to support older people who may be in abusive situations.

Communities Minister Tracy Davis said World Elder Abuse Awareness Day staged at the weekend was an opportunity to encourage community action to address the abuse.

"Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person, with the most common forms being emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse and neglect," she said.

"During June, we are extending our 'make the call' domestic and family violence prevention campaign to include elder abuse, which sadly is a lesser, recognised form of family violence."

Ms Davis said a key campaign message was that anyone can make the call.

"The people affected by elder abuse are our mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, colleagues, neighbours and friends," she said.

"Elder abuse is never acceptable and as a community we all have a responsibility to 'make the call' if we know or suspect that older people are being abused."

For further information contact the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192 for advice about how to offer support and assistance.

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