Elder Abuse Awareness expo in the mall

On Friday June 14 The Barossa Council will join local service providers, including Country Home Services and Relationships Australia, in a "Pop Up Expo" in the Barossa Co-op Mall to promote the rights of older people from 10am - 1pm.

The Expo is an initiative of the Seniors Collaborative Action Project (SCAP), supported by The Barossa Council.

The Expo coincides with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), raising awareness that 'there's no excuse for abuse', and remind the older people in our communities that they have a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect.

While there are many types of abuse experienced by older people, it is often perpetrated by someone the older person trusts such as a family member or friend and is commonly financially based with abusers taking advantage of their Power of Attorney or access to bank accounts.

No culture, community or country in the world is immune from this social problem.

"Older people don't need to be victims," Barossa Council Collaborative Project Officer Deb Anderson said.

"There are steps they can take to prevent abuse. Maintaining independence and staying connected with community are two examples."

In November 2018 the State Government passed legislation that will enable the establishment of an Adult Safeguarding Unit in SA.

The Adult Safeguarding Unit will be established to make it easier for the community to report suspected or actual cases of abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.

It will be empowered to investigate issues and to request information from government and non-government organisations.

The unit will commence operation later this year.

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing abuse, contact Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS)on (08) 8232 5377 speak confidentially to an advocate.