Elder Abuse and Neglect is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
Definition adopted from WHO Toronto Declaration
on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse, 2002.
Age Concern provide an Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service throughout New Zealand. Click here for contact details if you are concerned for yourself or someone you know.
The EANP Service receives more than 2,000 calls every year, but it is estimated that only 16% of abuse is reported.
- 75% involved psychological abuse
- over 50% involved financial abuse
- 15-20% involved physical abuse
- 10-15 % involved neglect
- 10-15% involved self-neglect
Click here for more information Age Concern and how it is helping older New Zealanders live with dignity and continue to contribute to our society.