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Gender and elder abuse: what’s the connection? Joint submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on Elder Abuse

Gender and elder abuse: what’s the connection? Joint submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on Elder Abuse

The Multicultural Centre for Women's Health and the University of Melbourne provided the following submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry on Elder Abuse. The submission draws on recent research showing that elder abuse is gendered and  immigrant and refugee older women are at particular risk of physical and sexual abuse due to language barriers, social isolation and dependence on others to access social services. Solutions include providing multilingual education and information for immigrant and refugee women, delivered by female bilingual educators, using a variety of formats and media.

Access a PDF version of the document here: Joint submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on Elder Abuse (PDF)