In response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government is funding the establishment of 10 elder abuse networks to collaborate at a community level and focus on the prevention of elder abuse.
As part of the Monash Health Integrated Model of Responding to Suspected Elder Abuse, SMPCP have established an Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN).
The SMPCP EAPN seeks to:
- focus on primary prevention activities including:
- addressing the drivers of elder abuse such as ageist attitudes in the community
- conducting elder abuse awareness activities with older people, their families, carers and general community
- utilising social media as a platform for community engagement and to facilitate the dissemination of primary prevention messages
- connecting practitioners working with older community members, their families and carers
- utilise a co-design approach in the development and delivery of elder abuse awareness activities
- collaborate to develop referral policies and interagency protocols
A steering committee and working groups have been established to guide the development of the EAPN and the delivery of primary prevention activities.
Members of the network include:
Preventing Elder Abuse: A literature review for the SMPCP Elder Abuse Prevention Network
The SMPCP EAPN Steering Committee conducted a rapid review of primary prevention literature as it relates to elder abuse. The review sought to examine four key questions:
- What does the current literature tell us that is relevant to primary prevention in the context of elder abuse?
- What is the intention of prevention in managing elder abuse?
- Do the current strategies that are used to prevent violence against women and their children (as part of the broader work in family violence) apply easily to preventing elder abuse?
- What should be included in a primary prevention framework for elder abuse specifically?
Issues such as definitions, prevalence, risk factors, the relationship with family violence, drivers and prevention strategies are all explored. The paper concludes with four recommendations for future work which relate to the development of a specific elder abuse prevention framework, investment in primary prevention strategies and policy and evaluation development.
Members of the SMPCP EAPN celebrate the launch of the literature review. Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, Gerard Mansour is pictured centre.
To express interest in participating in the SMPCP EAPN please contact:
This project is supported by the Victorian Government