Older people

These resources have been compiled to support the government's engagement around the development of a National Strategy and Action Plans. You can find more information about the engagement process and how to have your say at violencefree.govt.nz 

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This page links to reports, research and news items that provide an overview of key issues and perspectives for older people around elder abuse in Aotearoa and internationally.  

Elder abuse in Aotearoa: The proposed future strategy for Elder Abuse Response Services (2020) outlines the steps MSD will take to strengthen the Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS). This proposed strategy draws on Elder abuse in Aotearoa: The role and current state of MSD’s Elder Abuse Response Services (2019), undertaken by MSD to gain an understanding from providers about what is affecting elder abuse in their communities, the strengths and weaknesses of EARS, and potential opportunities to improve future services.

In Age Concern's Briefing to Incoming Ministers 2020, Age Concern outlines seven recommendations for preventing elder abuse and neglect. Read more in this news item.

The report, Towards gaining a greater understanding of elder abuse and neglect in New Zealand (2015), provides an insight into the likely numbers of older people experiencing some form of elder abuse and neglect.

Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, is the government's strategy on ageing which includes safety and elder abuse and neglect.

In Australia, the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) has developed the Elder abuse community action plan for Victoria (2018).

Search the NZFVC library for more information on elder abuse