Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Elder Abuse in Victoria
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that elder abuse, also called ‘inheritance impatience’, is a growing concern.
Estimates suggest that up to 14% of our elders aged over 65 years, experience some form of elder abuse. Elder abuse is often financial, but it can also include physical, emotional, psychological and even sexual abuse of a person who, because of their circumstances and because of the abuse, find it difficult if not impossible to reach out for help. Such abuse is often by a family member in situations where the elder is socially isolated. These elderly Victorians must surely be among the most vulnerable people in our state. They deserve our support and protection.
Recent inquiries have been undertaken by the Parliament of New South Wales and the Australian Law Reform Commission while another inquiry is in progress by the Parliament of South Australia. These inquiries should form the basis for an inquiry by the Parliament of Victoria.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council establish a committee to inquire into the issue of elder abuse in Victoria.
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Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins (former)