Trust your instincts when it comes to elder abuse

GLADSTONE residents are being asked to trust their instincts to help stop elder abuse in the community, in the lead up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the Queensland Government was committed to preventing elder abuse throughout the state.

"This year we are extending our 'Trust your Instinct' domestic and family violence prevention campaign to focus on elder abuse, a less recognised form of family violence," Mr Butcher said.

"Elder abuse is an act, or inappropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.

"The most common forms of elder abuse are financial abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse and neglect."

Mr Butcher said 'Trust your Instinct' was this year's key campaign message.

"It encourages everyone to 'Trust your Instinct' and take action by calling the helpline on 1300 651 192 for free confidential advice and support," he said.

"We all have a responsibility to do something about it if we know or suspect that older people are being abused.

"I urge Gladstone people to get behind this campaign to help reinforce this important message that elder abuse is never acceptable."

For more information on elder abuse and support services available, visit www.qld.gov.au/trustyourinstinct



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