Elder law and abuse

Elder law is a specialist area of practice that deals specifically with the unique legal challenges faced by some of the most vulnerable members of the community: our elders. These challenges include the horrific financial, physical, and mental impacts suffered as a result of elder abuse.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing elder abuse at the hands of a family member or partner, and the abuse is happening right now including threat to life call 000. If it’s not an emergency, call Policelink on 131 444 (24 hours, 7 days).  Search for specialist elder lawyers

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Elder abuse

What is elder abuse?

Any act occurring within a relationship where there is an implication of trust, which results in harm to the older person. Financial and psychological abuse are the most prevalent types of abuse of people aged over 60 years.

Abuse types

  • Financial
  • Neglect
  • Physical
  • Psychological/emotional
  • Sexual
  • Social

Risk factors

  • Addictive behaviour
  • Career stress
  • Dependency
  • Family conflict
  • Isolation
  • Language or cultural barriers
  • Medical or psychological conditions

Getting help

Referral and contact information

  • Elder Abuse Hotline on 1300 651 192(Queensland only) and (07) 3867 2525 (rest of Australia).
    Available Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm.
  • Police on 000 (triple zero) if you witness or a victim of violence, or if you are worried the older person is at immediate risk.
  • Queensland Law Society on 1300 367 757 for referral to a lawyer.


Raising awareness about elder abuse

On 14 June 2017 QLS launched a trial designed to raise public awareness of physical, emotional and financial abuse being suffered in silence by society’s vulnerable elderly community. The trial, run with the assistance of the Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ), will enlist the help of general practitioners and staff from 321 clinics to look out for the symptoms of elder abuse and by referring patients to support services including the “Elder Abuse Helpline” and QLS’s Find a Solicitor Service.


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