Elder Abuse Training Needs - Survey

July 01, 2019 |

Seniors Rights Victoria is surveying family violence workers to determine their training needs in relation to elder abuse.

Their aim is to develop training that supports workers to integrate a practice approach that is inclusive of older people.

All participants who complete the 5 minute Elder Abuse Training Needs Survey will go in a draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

Responses are sought by Tuesday 9 July 2019.


Elder abuse is a form of family violence that is common, but often overlooked. It involves the mistreatment of an older person by someone with whom they have an ongoing trusting relationship, such as a family member, relative or close friend. Whilst believed to be greatly under-reported, international studies indicate that one in 10 older people are abused in any one year. Although there are similar characteristics to other family violence situations, elder abuse has distinct differences, patterns of occurrence and assistance needs. Supporting older people who are experiencing abuse from a family member requires particular skills and knowledge.

Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.

With the support of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Seniors Rights Victoria is looking to develop and provide a range of training opportunities for family violence workers that focus on elder abuse. The thoughts and experiences of family violence workers will help shape the training program so that it meets the needs and preference of workers, whilst building workforce capacity to strengthen service responses.


This survey is for all specialist family violence workers, including those working as practitioners, team leaders, managers, policy and program developers.

They can access the survey via this link - Elder Abuse Training Needs Survey

All responses will be greatly appreciated.

Want to know more?

For more information please contact Gary Ferguson, Education Coordinator, Seniors Rights Victoria via [email protected] or on (03) 9655 2112.

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