$135,000 support boost
THE State Government injected an extra $135,000 into the Elder Abuse Helpline last week to allow West Australians to continue seeking support.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson announced the funding on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at Victoria Parkbased organisation Advocare.
Advocare is an independent notfor-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 helpline until December next year.
The helpline was established in 2014. It is a valuable resource for seniors being abused.
“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 used frequently and had helped many seniors.
The Elder Abuse Helpline can be reached on 1300 724 679.