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Warm Safe Home Project

In many cultures, the home is key to our sense of safety. Our homes shelter us from the outside world and provide a space in which to carry out our lives and interact with our loved ones. 

In elder abuse situations, however, the home can become a place of danger.

The Warm Safe Home Project uses art-making to start conversations about elder abuse and to spread the message that everyone has the right to live free from violence and fear.

Make your house and start that conversation!

Download the template to make your warm, safe house.

Elder abuse

It is estimated that one in ten older people will experience elder abuse. It can be carried out by someone known to the older person, like a family member, friend, professional, or a paid caregiver.

Elder abuse comes in many forms:  

  • Financial
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Neglect

Rates of family violence have increased substantially since COVID-19. 

Ageism allows elder abuse to happen. Ageism involves negative stereotypes such as loss of social relevance, physical and intellectual capacity, and false notions about being a burden on society. We need to work together to challenge ageism and protect against its worst effects.

The Latrobe City Elder Abuse Prevention Network is one of ten Elder Abuse Prevention Networks funded by the Victorian State Government. More information can be found about prevent elder abuse on the Department of Health website.

Elder abuse is wrong and there are things that can be done to stop it. Access the services available if you are concerned about yourself or someone else.

If someone is in immediate danger call 000.

Elder abuse specific services

  • Senior Rights Victoria: 1300 368 821
    Free information, advocacy and legal advice for older people or service providers 
  • Elder Rights Advocacy: 1800 600 700 
    Free advice and support for older people accessing residential care or a home care package 
  • 1800ELDERHELP: 1800 353 374
    Free advice line for people experiencing elder abuse or services needing advice 

Support services

  • CALD- In Touch: 1800 755 988
    Family Violence support service   
  • Aboriginal inclusive service: 1300 946 337 
    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
    Gippsland Windemere Victims of Crime (all genders)

For more information on the project or the Latrobe Elder Abuse Prevention Network:
Latrobe City Council
1300 367 700

The Warm Safe Home Project was designed by the South West Victoria Elder Abuse Prevention Network, coordinated by South West Carer and Respite Services Network.

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