Elder Abuse National Research Strengthening the Evidence Base – Stage One

Current project

This project will develop an evidence-based, nationally acceptable and usable definition of elder abuse.

AIFS has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department to conduct the Elder Abuse National Research Strengthening the Evidence Base – Stage One project. 

This project is designed to build on the existing empirical work carried out by AIFS in the Elder Abuse Scoping Study. 

The project comprises three components, specifically:

  • Component One – working in conjunction with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to engage with key stakeholders to develop a nationally accepted and usable Australian definition of elder abuse;
  • Component Two – working with the Social Research Centre (SRC) to develop and test instruments to measure elder abuse against the Australian definition; and
  • Component Three – working with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to develop a data analysis plan and conduct secondary data analysis to answer key research questions on elder abuse. 

The project will commence with a series of workshops across Australia with key stakeholders and professionals in this field. This will be followed by a number of surveys with the elder community, general public and service providers to refine the definition of elder abuse, which will inform component three which aims to develop a comprehensive picture of the contexts, dynamics and risk factors associated with elder abuse by interrogating existing data sources.


Email: eanr@aifs.gov.au

Phone: (03) 9214 7865


Senior Research Fellow (currently on secondment)
Senior Research Fellow, Manager – Family Law and Family Violence (Acting)


August 2017 – June 2018

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