In Western Australia elder abuse is defined as: 'Any act which causes harm to an older person and occurs within an informal relationship of trust, such as family or friends'. Over 75,000 West Australians are potentially affected by elder abuse.
The Department of Communities works to reduce elder abuse in WA through the provision of information designed to support individuals and service providers.
The Department collaborates with government and non-government agencies to develop policies and deliver services to help stop elder abuse, including:
The following materials have been produced to promote awareness and the prevention of elder abuse: