Rachel Carson is a Research Fellow in the area of family law and family violence at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. After practising as a family lawyer, Rachel completed a socio-legal PhD at the University of Melbourne Law School where she also worked as a researcher. Since joining AIFS in 2012, Rachel has worked on various mixed-method research projects. Rachel has recently co-authored the Institute's elder abuse scoping study entitled Elder abuse: understanding issues, frameworks and responses.
This webinar was held on 24 October 2016.
A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.
The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.
Elder abuse—which involves the physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of an older person by someone in a trusted relationship—presents complex challenges to the Australian community.
While more research is needed to better understand its prevalence and dynamics in Australia, available evidence indicates that elder abuse occurs mostly within families and between generations. A recent scoping study also indicates that the incidence of elder abuse is likely to rise in Australia due to increased life expectancy and an ageing population.
This webinar presented observations from recent studies on elder abuse. Key elements of effective responses for practitioners working with older people who have been abused or mistreated were discussed, and the importance of considering ageist attitudes and family dynamics that may be involved, and the right of the older person to seek redress, were highlighted. Important gaps in these responses where further research can be directed were also covered.
This event was presented in partnership with the Greater Melbourne Family Law Pathways Network.
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