Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry has launched a new Elder Abuse Response Service focused on intervention and putting the needs of victims of elder abuse first.
The cornerstone of this new approach is a free and confidential 24/7 help-line, 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK). Calls will be answered by registered nurses who will direct callers to elder abuse specialist service providers in their region.
Elder abuse is a serious and growing problem. These new services will ensure effective and accessible help is available wherever and whenever victims need it.
The Government has also increased funding for these services and has negotiated new contracts with organisations that have been selected specifically based on their ability to deliver an effective intervention service for vulnerable older people. In addition to longstanding providers like Age Concern, which nationally receives a $300,000 funding increase, 18 new organisations will be involved including 10 age concern branches who will be receiving new funding for the first time. There will be a wider geographical spread of service providers to help more at-risk elderly people than ever before.
Waikato and Coromandel elder abuse services receiving funding
- Age Concern Midland consortium
- Age Concern Hamilton
- Age Concern Thames
- Age Concern Rotorua
- K’atue Pasifika Trust
- Otorohanga Support House Whare Awhina