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Elder Abuse Awareness Week 15-22 June 2017

Elder Abuse Awareness Week runs from the 15-22 June 2017, starting with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017. The theme this year in New Zealand is Elder Abuse Hits Close to Home because many older people are abused by family members.

Age Concern elder abuse statistics show:

  • More than three quarters of alleged abusers are family members
  • More than half of the alleged abusers are adult children or grandchildren
  • Alleged abusers are as likely to be female as male

This years theme is 'Elder Abuse Hits Close to Home' because thousands of older New Zealanders are being financially, psychologically and physically abused by their own adult children or grandchildren.

During this week Age Concerns around New Zealand will be holding events and speaking through the media to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect. It's not OK and it needs to stop. 

Elder abuse is a serious issue in New Zealand. Age Concern receives more than 2,000 referrals of elder abuse every year. That's 8 per week.

Upcoming Events

To find a community event near you, see the list of events compiled by Age Concern.

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