This report shows that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over have complex and varied needs. It brings together data from more than 20 sources to identify potential measures or factors which may be associated with vulnerability to abuse.

The report covers demographic characteristics of this cohort, along with outcome and service use information related to aged care, health and functioning, social and emotional wellbeing, housing and homelessness, financial circumstances, alcohol and substance use, traumatic life events and safety.

In addition to this publication, other research activities include the design of the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study (led by the Australian Institute of Family Studies), and insights into abuse of older people based on analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics data sets.

What is elder abuse?
The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as: 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.
Commonly recognised categories of elder abuse include physical, psychological, financial and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Older people can experience one specific type of abuse but can also experience multiple forms concurrently.

Read the full report here:

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