June 15th marks the United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is the main day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people.
To mark the occasion, on June 14th the Australia Law Reform Commission (ARLC) tabled its report on Elder abuse, titled Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response. The full report can be read on the ARLC website.
Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) Inc. recently made a submission in response to the ARLC’s Discussion Paper on Elder Abuse released in December last year. You can read the submission here.
The submission addressed a number of the proposals from the Discussion Paper and provided case examples of former CCLSWA clients and how the proposals could have prevented the legal problems faced by those people.
CCLSWA’s contribution was referred to in the Report.
If you or someone you know may be the victim of elder abuse, please contact your local Community Legal Centre.
For free confidential legal advice in relation to financial or consumer dispute, please call our Telephone Advice Line on (08) 9221 7066.