Elder abuse is a form of family or domestic violence that is experienced by older people. Like family violence, elder abuse is about one person having power and control over another person.
It is defined as 'any action, or deliberate inaction, by a person in a position of trust which causes harm to an older person'. (WHO, 2002).
Although family violence and elder abuse both cause harm to elders, family violence and aged care workers have often provided different support pathways.