There are approximately 42,000 Australians over 65 years who have experienced sexual abuse.
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.
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.
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:
Develop Training Materials:
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?
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 so we continue to change policies and practices which disadvantage older women. No One Left Behind.
Deb is coordinating our ‘Hear Our Voices” project. She is available to confidentially discuss all aspects of the project with you.
In an emergency, call 000 or Lifeline 13 11 14 for 24-hour crisis support.
AGEING AND DISABILITY ABUSE HOTLINE
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 – 5pm)
INFORMATION OR ADVICE
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