Journal article

Barriers to Disclosing Elder Abuse and Taking Action in Australia

Briony Dow, Luke Gahan, Ellen Gaffy, Melanie Joosten, Freda Vrantsidis, Meaghan Jarred

Journal of Family Violence | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Elder abuse often goes unreported. Perpetrators of elder abuse are frequently the adult children of the victim and this relationship may contribute to the reluctance of older adults to seek help. This study aimed to understand older people’s experiences of elder abuse and the barriers to reporting it. Twenty-eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with clients of Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) who had a case opened and closed between 2012 and 2015, or had made two or more calls to SRV between this period. Thematic analysis was undertaken of the qualitative data. Older people who are being abused by their adult children may be reticent to seek help due to fear of adverse consequences f..

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