Benetas welcomes Royal Commission into Family Violence report recommendations

Benetas welcomes Royal Commission into Family Violence report recommendations

At the end of March, the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded its work and its report was tabled in Parliament. The report outlines 227 recommendations, many of which take into account the experiences of elder abuse in the community.

Benetas welcomes the report and in particular values its focus on elder abuse, which acknowledges the vulnerability of older people in the community.

“This report is a timely and important reminder that unfortunately elder abuse continues to exist in our community and can have devastating consequences,” said Benetas CEO Sandra Hills. “Contributing factors such as a reluctance to report instances of elder abuse and issues around ageism in our community make this a highly complex issue.”

“Benetas is committed to ensuring we work with the sector and the older people we support to better recognise and understand experiences of elder abuse,” said Ms Hills.

As a leading advocate for older people, Ms Hills said that Benetas’ vision of facilitating a positive experience of ageing meant the organisation would seek to find effective solutions.“We are all ultimately working towards ensuring older people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Ms Hills. 

“As part of this, we’re committed to contributing to the creation of meaningful and effective solutions moving forward.”

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report is available for download at

Older Victorians experiencing elder abuse can get help by calling Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821

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