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Primary Prevention of Elder Abuse

What is Primary Prevention?

Primary prevention aims to stop elder abuse before it occurs. It refers to whole-of-population initiatives that address the drivers of such violence. Please take the time to review the resources below for more information about primary prevention of elder abuse.

National Ageing Research Institute Resources

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)’s research in elder abuse involves awareness-raising and advocacy, prevention and intervention.

CLICK HERE to access a variety of resources including NARI’s Community Action Plan; released in early 2018 – this is the first action plan developed specifically to assist the community to tackle elder abuse in Victoria.

Preventing Elder Abuse – A Literature Review for the Southern Melbourne Elder Abuse Prevention Network

This review of literature has been developed to support the work of the Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership (SMPCP) Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN) in preventing elder abuse and seeks to examine four key questions:

  1. What does the current literature tell us that is relevant to primary prevention in the context of elder abuse?
  2. What is the intention of prevention in managing elder abuse?
  3. Do the current strategies that are used to prevent violence against women and their children (as a part of the broader work in family violence) apply easily to preventing elder abuse?
  4. What should be included in a primary prevention framework for elder abuse specifically?

Respect Victoria

Respect Victoria is an independent, statutory authority of the Victorian State Government focused on the primary prevention of all forms of family violence; stopping violence before it starts by changing the norms, practices and structures that allow it to happen.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Respect Victoria and it’s work in elder abuse prevention.

Seniors Rights Victoria – Preventing Elder Abuse

This discussion paper describes activities that help prevent elder abuse from occurring, as well as actions that enable people to detect and respond to elder abuse in order to inhibit reoccurrences and prevent long-term harm.

Older Better Together – The Primary Prevention of Elder Abuse by Prevention Networks

This report, prepared by Think Impact and published by Senior Rights Victoria shares the findings of research and the experiences of the first five Elder Abuse Prevention Networks funded by the Victorian Government in 2017 in relation to the primary prevention of elder abuse and how the networks can most effectively operate in a primary prevention role. It is intended to inform the work of:

  • organisations with an interest in working in their local are to prevent elder abuse
  • organisations working on family violence primary prevention.

Every Age Counts

Ageism is a key driver of elder abuse. This national campaign, supported and funded by The Benevolent Society, is aimed at tackling ageism. Every Age Counts seeks to shift social norms (those unwritten rules of common thinking and behaviour) and positively influence the way Australia thinks about ageing and older people.

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