Hear Our Voices:

Transforming Services for Older Women Affected by Sexual Assault

There are approximately 42,000 Australians over 65 years who have experienced sexual abuse.

Elder Abuse Prevalence Study

OWN NSW’s Hear Our Voices project was driven by our despair at the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety that there are approximately 50 sexual assaults taking place every week in aged care.

Based on feedback we have received, sexual and domestic violence services can be better equipped to deliver support to older women who have been sexually assaulted.

The Hear Our Voices project, funded by the NSW Government, is a significant step towards ensuring that older women are not forgotten when it comes to safety and support services following their traumatic experiences of sexual assault.

By raising awareness, challenging assumptions, and collaborating with service providers, we can create a more supportive and inclusive environment for older women who have been sexually assaulted.

Our commitment is fuelled by a deep understanding of the unique challenges and complexities faced by older women.

50 sexual assault cases in aged care every week.

Aged Care Royal Commission

We aim to empower and support older women, ensuring they have the right to live free from fear and violence and to be safe in their homes, communities, and residential care.

Our purpose is to amplify the voices of older women, challenge stereotypes, and create a world where they can access the support and care they deserve.

For this project, we will:

Consult with Service Providers:

We are engaging with service providers through surveys and interviews to gain insights into their perspectives and challenges.

Empower Older Women:

We are conducting workshops specifically tailored for older women so they can share their experiences about their bodies, intimate relationships and their sexuality that will help us to guide service improvements for family violence and sexual assault services.

Develop Training Materials:

Our goal is to equip those on the frontline with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively serve older women who have been sexually assaulted.

We will work to amplify the voices of older women, challenge stereotypes, and facilitate better service provision so they can access the support and care they deserve.

What can you do to help?

Are you a service provider?

Please take our survey via SurveyMonkey

Let’s help stop the silence and the shame.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact us. You can be assured of privacy and respect.

Tell others about this project.

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Donate

Donate so we continue to change policies and practices which disadvantage older women. No One Left Behind.

Volunteer

Volunteer for us at OWN NSW and support the important work we do.

Together, we hope to make a meaningful difference, creating a world where every voice is heard, and every survivor is supported.

Contact us

Deb is coordinating our ‘Hear Our Voices” project.  She is available to confidentially discuss all aspects of the project with you.

Emergency

In an emergency, call 000 or Lifeline 13 11 14 for 24-hour crisis support.

AGEING AND DISABILITY ABUSE HELPLINE

If you or someone you know is not free to make their own choices, contact:

Ageing and Disability Abuse Hotline: 1800 628 221
(Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm)

INFORMATION OR ADVICE

Compass: National Elder Abuse Knowledge Hub

If you or someone you know needs help tackling elder abuse, you can start with Compass.

If you need information or advice about Abuse of Older People, call:

1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374).

This free number will redirect you to an existing phone service near you. This is not a 24-hour line. Call operating times will vary.

 

NATIONAL RELAY SERVICE

National Relay Service: 1800 555 660

Text telephone: 133 667

Interpreter Services: 131 450

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE

1800 65 64 63

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