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Elder Abuse Service

Who we are

Legal Aid NSW has recently established a specialist Elder Abuse Service (EAS) at the Gosford office. The service has Commonwealth funding for 3 years under the Protecting the Rights of Older Australians Elder Abuse Service Trials.

Who we help

The service is focused on supporting older people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse.

To be eligible for this service clients need to:

  • Live on the Central Coast or Lower Hunter area
  • Aged 65 years and over, or over 50 for our Aboriginal clients, and
  • Be at risk of, or experiencing elder abuse

How we can help

Types of matters we can provide assistance with:

  • Housing and granny flats
  • Centrelink debts
  • Family breakdown
  • Informal loans
  • AVOs
  • Guardianship and Powers of Attorney*
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Psychological abuse (bullying, harassment, isolation and neglect)

*The EAS does not assist clients with:

  • drafting and executing wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardians or Advanced Care Directives.

Representation and minor assistance

We can prepare your case and represent you in court if you are eligible for legal aid.

In some cases we may be able to help you with your legal problem beyond just giving you advice. For example, we may be able to write a letter or make a phone call for you, or take some other action to try to resolve your legal problem early.

Get in touch with us by emailing elderservice@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
Find out more about our service

Working together to tackle elder abuse - a COMPASS guide presenting the work of the Elder Abuse Service.

Community Legal Education

Speak Up - campaign

Age, Abuse and Justice

'Age, Abuse and Justice' YouTube case studies about elder abuse presented by Tanya Chapman

We also give talks to groups of seniors and community workers on topics like:

  • planning ahead (wills, powers of attorney, and appointments of enduring guardianship)
  • elder abuse
  • how to protect your assets if you want to help your family financially
  • reverse mortgages
  • grandparents issues

Request a talk form

Community workers

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Watch our recorded webinars Elder Abuse in the time of COVID-19 and Recognising and responding to the abuse of older people

Listen to our podcast Elder abuse: if you suspect something - call us!

More advice and assistance

Seniors Rights Service gives free independent legal advice about all areas of law affecting older people through its Older Persons Legal Service (OPLS).

Related information

We have produced a number of brochures on Legal Issues for Older People:

Note: some of these brochures have been translated into other languages. These brochures are also available in Audio CD format for people who have difficulty reading or who prefer information in this format.

Please view our case report summaries showing how the Older Persons' Legal and Education Program is able to assist older people protect their legal interests.

Legal Aid NSW Elder Abuse Strategy

Legal Aid NSW has an Elder Abuse Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to ensure that Legal Aid NSW delivers high quality, client-centred and holistic services to people affected by elder abuse.