Elder Abuse Prevalence Study

Current project

The National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study looks at the nature of elder abuse and its prevalence in the Australian population.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has been commissioned by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department to conduct a study of the nature of elder abuse and the extent to which it occurs among those in the Australian population aged 65 and over.

The National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study will assess builds on existing research conducted by AIFS and its partners in Elder Abuse National Research: Strengthening the Evidence Base – Stage One

The study involves:

  • a survey of 7,000 people aged 65 and over who live in the community (i.e. those who are not in residential aged care settings). The survey will examine experiences of elder abuse among this population
  • a survey of 3,500 people aged 18–64 years which will focus on knowledge of elder abuse, attitudes to older people and the extent to which participants in the survey provide assistance to older people.

Data will also be drawn from each survey to better understand the experiences of older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people in Australia. This aspect of the research will provide insight into the prevalence and characteristics of abuse of older CALD people, as well as the contexts in which the abuse occurs and how their experiences of abuse may differ from the general population. 

More information

View the Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Service contacts by state or territory for those who are at risk or are experiencing Elder Abuse. 


The Elder Abuse National Research Project team 
Email: eanr@aifs.gov.au

Assisted contact

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service:

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for (03) 9214 7888
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (03) 9214 7888

If you do not speak English, or English is your second language, and you need assistance to communicate with us, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 then ask for 9214 7888.


The Elder Abuse National Research Project team
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Level 4, 40 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006

Our research partners

The Social Research Centre
: 1800 083 037
Email: helpdesk@srcentre.com.au

Have you been contacted?

You may have received a phone call from 03 8580 2175 or a text message from 0439 018 320 regarding this study.


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Telephone: (03) 9214 7888 (or from outside Australia +61 3 9214 7888)



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