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Indicator 50: Programmes against abuse

Indicator 50: Existence of national programmes to combat elder abuse
The indicator is fully reported? Yes.
Type of indicator Instrumental indicator Instrumental indicator
Our findings

Elder abuse is a universal problem – it is not limited to any one gender, religion, cultural, ethnic, or income group. 

Elder abuse is legally defined as "a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. It can be of various forms: physical, psychological/emotional, sexual, financial, or reflect intentional or unintentional neglect.[1]

Elder abuse and neglect prevention are part of the programme to prevent family violence – the Family Violence: It’s Not OK campaign.[2] A booklet about elder abuse has been published.[3]

The Ministry of Social Development funds services for individuals, families/whānau, and community interest groups seeking information, advice, or assistance about elder abuse and neglect. Information about the services and the names of the providers in each area are provided at www.familyservices.govt.nz/working-with-us/programmes-services/preventing-family-violence/elder-abuse-and-neglect-prevention-services.html#Services2.

Other websites providing information include:

In 2007, the Ministry of Health published Elder abuse and Neglect: Family Violence Intervention Guidelines. Health professionals can use these guidelines to:

  • identify, support, and empower those experiencing elder abuse;
  • offer guidance on how to complete preliminary risk assessment and safety planning; and
  • determine appropriate referral options.[4]
How entities use the data Research and evaluations of the Family Violence: It’s Not Ok campaign are published at www.areyouok.org.nz/research_evaluation_and_statistics.php.
Entity responsible for this indicator

Ministry of Social Development.

Ministry of Health.

[1] www.who.int/ageing/publications/toronto_declaration/en/index.html.

[2] www.areyouok.org.nz/older_people.php.

[3] www.areyouok.org.nz/elder_abuse_1.php.

[4] www.health.govt.nz/publication/family-violence-intervention-guidelines-elder-abuse-and-neglect.

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