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Previous research finds that…

  • It is projected that there are over 100,000 unreported cases of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Australia per year.
  • Almost four times as many new incidents of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation are not reported as those that were reported to, and substantiated, by adult protective services agencies and/or ombudsman entities.
  • Among known perpetrators of elder abuse and neglect, the perpetrator is a family member in 90 per cent of the cases.
  • Two-thirds of the perpetrators of elder abuse are adult children or spouses.
  • By 2025 it is estimated that elder abuse will be costing the health system over $350 million dollars per year.

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