$135,000 sup­port boost

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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