Information for older people – family violence and abuse in relationships

If you experience violence in your family or relationship in Victoria, services are available to give you support and assistance.

Family violence is a pattern of behaviour where one person tries to control or scare another person. It is a form of abuse that can happen in many different types of relationships.

When an older person is the target of this behaviour, it is sometimes called elder abuse.

Older people can be at greater risk of experiencing some forms of abuse such as:

On this website you can learn more about:

Do you need help?

If anyone is in immediate danger or a crime is currently occurring, please call police on Triple Zero (000). If you cannot access a phone you can also go to your local police station

There are good reasons to report violence and abuse, but if you are not ready to do that yet, or do not want to involve the police, you can still get help. Talking to a trusted person, like a counsellor, family member, doctor or friend can be a good first step and they can help you talk to the police or other services if you want them to.

Victims of Crime Helpline

If you would like confidential advice about the options and assistance available to you, you can contact the Victims of Crime Helpline.

Open: 8am–11pm, every day
Call: 1800 819 817
Text: 0427 767 891

More services

You can find out more about general family violence services available in Victoria.

You can also contact the following specialist services available for older people.

Senior Rights Victoria

Provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.

Call: 1300 368 821

The Orange Door

A free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and people who need extra support with the care of children.

The service is gradually being rolled out across Victoria. Visit the Orange Door website to find a location near you.