Today is the day where we look at society and how we treat our aged. Elder Abuse is on the increase they tell us. But when we break down the violence and abuse and give it different names are we confusing and skewering the numbers.
Elder Abuse is a form of Domestic Abuse. Child Abuse is a form of Domestic Abuse. Abuse between a couple is still Domestic Abuse.
So instead of calling them all by different names lets just look at them as the one abuse and then break it down. Violence, emotional abuse and blackmail stand over tactics. Selling a home out from under your parents or your siblings or your spouse. It’s all the same. Too many people suffer from abuse of one form or the other. What do we do about it?
Rose Batty is an incredible woman who talks of the issues and the problems, and let’s be honest there are a lot of issues and problems. Let me give you the example of there are not enough safe houses in Queensland for the demand of those who need protection. Domestic Violence organisations are spread thin on the ground and cannot cover everywhere. Where I live we have no local DV organisation, women have to go about 30 minutes to meet up with someone. This leads to the problem of them not always having bus fare or petrol money. Now if that is just that area, what is happening with our elderly? who is speaking for them? What is happening to them that is unheard of or ignored.
This brings me back to my original argument that all abuse should be seen as just abuse and we need the services out there to help those in trouble.