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Elder Abuse in Australia

A recent report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, provided an overview of Elder Abuse in Australia including its characteristics, context, and prevention. Considered were the definitional issues, prevalence and incidence, risk and protective factors, and the dynamics surrounding disclosure and reporting.

The report then sets out evidence on the demographic and socio-economic features of the Australian community that are relevant to understanding social dynamics that may influence elder abuse, including intergenerational wealth transfer and the systemic structures that intersect with elder abuse. Lastly, the report considers legislative and service responses and Australian and overseas approaches to prevention.