Elder Abuse Resources

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Free elder abuse resources

You can use these resources for presentations, events or for content on your website or social media.

Digital resources

Our Word Elder Abuse Image pack includes copies of our:

  • World Elder Abuse Awarenesss Day Digital Poster
  • World Elder Abuse Awarenesss Day social media banner
  • World Elder Abuse Awarenesss Day social media poster
  • World Elder Abuse Awarenesss Day website banner
  • World Elder Abuse Awarenesss Day thumbnail
  • Elder Abuse It's Not OK thumbnail
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day social media or website block

These are free to use on your own site or social media channels. Download a the ZIP file here.

Printed resources

You can order the following printed materials for free.

  • Elder Abuse - It's Not OK A3 Poster
  • Elder Abuse - Its Not OK Postcards (English)
  • Elder Abuse - It's Not OK Postcards (Korean, Samoan, Tongan, Māori, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese)
  • Elder Abuse - Its OK to help leaflet
  • Elder Abuse - You have the right to feel safe
  • Elder Abuse - Financial Abuse of Seniors
  • Elder Abuse - Wallet Card

Order the above resources here (external link). Keep an eye on this page for more resources coming soon.

Video resources

Our Word Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 campaign videos, highlighting the nature of 'hidden' abuse, are available on YouTube.

Research on elder abuse in New Zealand

In 2015 the Office for Seniors produced the report "Towards gaining a greater understanding of elder abuse and neglect in New Zealand."

The report was based on the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing. It showed that:

  • the vast majority of older people are not at risk of abuse and neglect, but
  • specific groups face higher rates of elder abuse – including women, Māori and those who are separated, divorced or widowed.

Read a summary of the report (PDF 2MB)

Read the full technical report (PDF 483.29KB)

In 2017, the Ministry of Social Development funded a pilot to use restorative justice processes for addressing the needs of older people who are experiencing harm or significant distress.

Kōrero Tahi Report- A Pilot Project on Using Restorative Approaches for Addressing Harms Experienced by Older Persons (PDF 1.92MB)