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Compass poll indicates elder abuse touches the lives of many

A recent poll of 300 attendees during the Recognising Elder Abuse webinar revealed some startling results.

Published: 16 November 2022
  • National
  • 16 November 2022
  • Compass

In a recent Compass webinar on Recognising Elder Abuse attendees were asked several questions about the abuse and neglect of older people. 

42% of attendees indicated that elder abuse had affected their lives
42% of attendees indicated that they had been touched by elder abuse, either personally or to the life of a friend or family member.

97% believe elder abuse is not understood
97% of respondents believed that elder abuse was not widely understood.

94% of respondents said that not enough was being done to address elder abuse
94% of respondents felt that not enough was being done to address elder abuse in the community

Moderator, Philippa McDonald, called the results of this poll a ‘red flag’ and that the message was clear, ‘we all want more information and more resources’.

You can watch the whole webinar below. You can also access more resources and information on and specifically on the topic of Recognising Elder Abuse.