Seniors Rights Victoria is the key state-wide service dedicated to preventing and responding to elder abuse. Seniors Rights Victoria is a community legal centre and is a program of Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria.
Elder abuse is any act that causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice, casework and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older Victorians.
Our services are multidisciplinary and include a helpline, specialist legal services and short-term support and advocacy for individuals.
If you, your client or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please contact our free, confidential Helpline on 1300 368 821.
We can help any Victorian aged 60 and above, or any Indigenous Victorian aged 45 and above, on matters relating to elder abuse and ageing. This includes:
- property matters related to elder abuse
- grand parenting rights
- guardianship and administration
- family care and ‘granny flat’ arrangements
- powers of attorney
- wills when related to elder abuse.
Our policy work
Seniors Rights Victoria also has a leadership role in policy development, law reform and education, and works with organisations to raise awareness of elder abuse. We are committed to:
- empowerment of older people and respect for their rights
- collaboration with older people, services and partnerships
- leadership in policy and government engagement and provision of a quality service through our client work and community education.