State chips in $135,000 funding for Elder Abuse Helpline


Tony Simpson with Advocare chief executive Greg Mahney at the funding announcement in Victoria Park.
Tony Simpson with Advocare chief executive Greg Mahney at the funding announcement in Victoria Park.

THE State Government injected an extra $135,000 into the Elder Abuse Helpline last week to allow West Australian’s to continue seeking support.

Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson announced the funding on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at Victoria Park-based organisation Advocare.

Advocare is an independent not-for-profit organisation working to protect the rights of older people and people with disabilities.

Mr Simpson said the grant would enable Advocare to continue managing the Elder Abuse Helpline until December next year.

The Helpline was established in 2014 and funded by the State Government and acts as a valuable resource for seniors who have fallen victim to abuse by a family member of friend.

“There are as many as 50,000 people in WA aged over 60 who have experienced physical, financial or psychological abuse by a family member of friend,” Mr Simpson said.

“The Elder Abuse Helpline provides a single point of contact for those affected, offers advice and facilitates referral and triage to other services when necessary.”

Mr Simpson said a recent evaluation of the helpline by the Department of Local Government and Communities showed the service had been frequently used and had helped many seniors in unfortunate situations.

“The most common reason for calls to the helpline are in relation to financial and psychological abuse,” he said.

“I encourage anyone who feels they may be a victim of elder abuse to contact the helpline for advice.”

The Elder Abuse Helpline can be reached on 1300 724 679.