The Benevolent Society in Sydney, Australia, in conjunction with the University of Melbourne’s Department of Social Work, recently release a new resource to help community care workers identify and respond to elder abuse.

Community care workers are in a unique position to support older people who are vulnerable to abuse.   Elder abuse is the mistreatment of exploitation of older people by someone they trust or depend on.  It can take many forms, including physical, financial, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect.  The guide outlines a set of principles for responding to abuse, along with guidelines for supporting older people living in the community who are victims of abuse.