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What is this resource?

This fact sheet contains information about elder abuse. The focus of Justice Connect’s Seniors Law service is to provide education to health professionals about elder abuse and free legal assistance to people who are experiencing or at risk of elder abuse.

This resource contains information on:

  • What is elder abuse?
  • How can Justice Connect assist?
  • Getting help

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse definition: 

“A single or repeated act or failure to act, including threats, that results in harm or distress to an older person. This occurs where there is an expectation of trust and/or where there is a power imbalance between the party responsible and the older person”*

*National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study 2021


Elder abuse can occur in different ways


The most common form of abuse*, it can include insults, yelling, bullying, social isolation and threats, such as preventing a person from seeing their loved ones.


The improper use of a person’s property, possessions or finances by a person of trust. It can include theft or fraud, the misuse of a power of attorney or coercing a person into selling property, or entering into loans or contracts.


Any deliberate act resulting in physical pain or injury. This can be the use of unreasonable force, physical restraint, or the use of medication to over-sedate someone.


A failure to provide care, for example, a failure to provide a person with their medication.


Any behaviour of a sexual nature that is non-consensual.

How can Justice Connect assist?

  • We can assist with free legal advice and assistance to eligible clients.

  • We can give advice on and execute documents such as Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments Enduring Guardianship.

  • We can also give advice on revoking or cancelling these documents.

  • Assistance to challenge the appointment of a Guardian or Financial Manager.

  • Advice about disputing loans, guarantees and mortgages.

  • Advice about Apprehended Domestic or Personal Violence orders.

  • Advice about Victims of Crime compensation.

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  This resource was last updated on 9 January 2024. This is legal information only and does not constitute legal advice. You should always contact a lawyer for advice specific to your situation. Please view our disclaimer for more information.