Elder abuse - what your Community Legal Centre can do to help
15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and is a day dedicated to increasing the awareness of, and ending, all kinds of abuses that older people may experience, such as; physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual abuses.
NACLC encourages centres to support the day, if you can and has outlined some activities below that your centre may like to participate in.
- contact your local media to discuss a possible story, op-ed, longer story or similar focusing on the work of your CLC in helping people experiencing elder abuse
- put out a Media Release – Senior Rights Victoria has developed this media release template for WEAAD, which your centre may like to customise
- share your photos, messages and videos using #WEAAD and #elderabuse
- follow #WEAAD and #elderabuse on Facebook and Twitter
- retweet and repost other pages using #WEAAD
- temporarily turn your logo purple in your social media accounts
- use the social media banners Seniors Rights Victoria has developed on Facebook and Twitter
E-bulletins or website news
- write an article on WEAAD or the work your centre does to help end elder abuse and put it in your e-bulletin or on your blog or website
- hold an event for WEAAD, such as wear purple day, have a morning or afternoon tea with purple food and/or drinks, organise a seniors flash mob, arrange to have an information table set up in the community etc.
- you can register your event on the Seniors Rights Victoria website: WEAAD event registration
Write or visit
- write to your local/state/federal government representatives highlighting elder abuse and asking them to support new or increased funding for initiatives aimed at preventing and ending elder abuse or arrange a visit to your local/state/federal government representatives to discuss elder abuse and ask for their support to help end elder abuse
Further information or questions
For further information or to discuss WEAAD please contact your state or territory CLC association or NACLC:
Te Raehira Wihapi
NACLC Communications Manager
02 9264 9595
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