Arbon Legal Group – Elder Law
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Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence
Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence is often discussed in the context of spouses or family members being physically aggressive or emotionally abusive to their loved ones. However, as per the recent Commissioner Inquiry into Elder Abuse, it is very common for older people to experience violence, intimidation, abuse and neglect not only from family, but in some cases, professionals and carers that are paid for their services.
Older people do not usually report abuse due to generational expectations and traditional gender roles of their time, especially in older women, because they do not recognise their experience as abuse. 30 years ago, many women would receive advice about how to be a better wife or how to keep the peace. Women with husbands who developed dementia would seek advice from their GP’s only to be told that it is a symptom of the disease and completely normal. Violent and abusive relationships would be belittled to a case of having a demanding husband or a difficult marriage. These women are now in their later stages in life and having experienced trauma such as this, will withhold their concerns and keep quiet.
To make matters worse, older people can be quite vulnerable in their health, physical frailty, finances or housing situations and it is not an easy process to inform someone about the abuse they are experiencing.
The elderly, the frail are our society: they gave birth to us, nourished us, protected us, paid their taxes diligently, went to war, ate bread with sugar when there was no butter. They worked and love and live – they continue to do so. They are our parents and grandparents, our carers and neighbours, and they are every one of us in the not-too distant future … [they are] people whose needs require us to change.
– Dr Karen Hitchcock
Elder people, especially those experiencing Domestic Violence, deserve appropriate care, respect and to live their retirement with a sense of dignity. If you have concern for a loved one or believe you may be experiencing domestic violence of any kind, please enquire within or call for help.
For over 20 years, Arbon Legal Group have been providing comprehensive legal help to the people of the Gold Coast community. If you require further information or legal assistance please contact Arbon Legal Group on 07 5562 0444 or email email@example.com.
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