Older people


  • Judicial Commission of NSW, Equality before the Law: Bench Book (2018).
    Section 11 discusses a range of issues affecting older people and their experience of court processes.


  • Judicial College of Victoria, Family Violence Bench Book (2014).
    5.10 discusses in detail older people’s experiences of family violence, and some of the barriers they face when reporting abuse.


  • Department of Justice (WA), Equal Justice Bench Book (2nd edition September 2017).

    Note: Chapter 6 Older People is currently under review. Until revision is completed, the first edition chapter 6 applies. The following text is based on the first edition chapter.

    Section 6 focusses on ‘Older people’. In particular 6.2.2 considers elder abuse. It identifies the prevalence of elder abuse as between 3%-10%. It identifies financial abuse as the most common form of abuse with women being 2.5 times more likely than men to experience elder abuse. The main perpetrators of elder abuse were adult children, a spouse or partner or other relatives. In around 75% of reported incidents of elder abuse older men and women were estimated to have a decision-making disability and nearly half of them had a significant physical disability. Physical and intellectual disabilities that become more common as people age are discussed.


  • Neilson, Linda C, Domestic Violence Electronic Bench Book (National Judicial Institute, 2017).
    Although Neilson’s bench book refers to elder abuse frequently throughout footnotes in this bench book, there is little substantive discussion on it.