Ending elder abuse through pro bono

Our Public Interest Law team helps older people facing complex legal problems that arise from elder abuse. By connecting people with our pro bono partners, we provide them with access to free legal help to navigate the legal system and end elder abuse. We also partner with government and community services to help identify legal need and ensure older people can assert their rights. 

If you’re experiencing elder abuse, you can apply for help online.

What is elder abuse? 

Elder abuse is where someone an older person expects they can trust acts in a way to cause the older person harm or distress. This might be a friend or family member, or a health or aged care worker. This abuse might take various forms – physical, sexual or psychological abuse, neglect or financial abuse.  

How we can help

The law isn’t always the best or the only way to resolve elder abuse, but it can help stop or prevent abuse. We connect older people with our network of pro bono lawyers, who can help with:  

  • supportive decision making (guardianship and administration)
  • financial abuse, including misuse of powers of attorney; debts and loans; transfer of title to property
  • contract matters involving undue influence or other unfair conduct; 
  • disputes about arrangements where assets are given in exchange for the promise of care
  • tenancy
  • discrimination
  • centrelink entitlements. 

Apply for free legal help online

Get help

Our projects 

Ageing & Disability Abuse Helpline Project

Public Interest Law and the Ageing & Disability Abuse Helpline have a referral pathway for older persons experiencing elder abuse. If an older person contacts the helpline with a legal issue, they may be referred to Public Interest Law and receive legal assistance from our network of pro bono lawyers. 

knowmore Wills Project

knowmore is an independent service for survivors of institutional child abuse, knowmore identified a gap in legal assistance for their clientwho they help with claims under the National Redress Scheme: many do not have a will. 

Through this established referral pathway, Public Interest Law can find a pro bono lawyer to draft a will for knowmore clients to ensure their redress claim can continue even if they pass away during the process.  

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