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Do older women want a different response to elder abuse?. Les Jackson, Coordinator UnitingCare Community Elder Abuse Prevention Unit www.eapu.com.au. EAPU. Started in 1997 (UCC program since late 1999) Funded by the Qld Government (Office for Seniors, Carers & Volunteering)

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Do older women want a different response to elder abuse

Do older women want a different response to elder abuse?

Les Jackson, Coordinator

UnitingCare Community Elder Abuse Prevention Unit

www.eapu.com.au


EAPU

  • Started in 1997 (UCC program since late 1999)

  • Funded by the Qld Government (Office for Seniors, Carers & Volunteering)

  • Services Funded (Statewide):

    • Training to Service Providers

    • Community Education

    • Helpline

    • Support Network for Remote Workers


Elder abuse
Elder Abuse

"Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”

(WHO)









Typical options offered
Typical Options Offered

  • DVO (AVO)

  • Guardianship (Impaired Capacity)

  • Civil Law

  • Criminal Law

  • Counselling (Relationship, Financial, General)


Rarely offered why
Rarely Offered – Why?

  • Mediation & Dispute resolution

    • Misunderstanding of referral agency?

    • Guidelines?

    • Perception that it doesn’t work (Risky)

    • If abuse is occurring, what is there to mediate

  • Prevention Vs Rights (over-emphasis)

    • Ignoring the right to self determination


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