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City shines purple for elder abuse

You may have noticed last night that parts of the city were shining bright purple.

This was all part of a sign of respect for World Elder Abuse Awareness day.

Optus Stadium, Yagan Square, the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay and Council House were lit up in purple – the symbolic colour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Between 2 and 14 per cent of elderly people encounter elder abuse and are more likely to be victims due to CO-VID19.

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray highlighted just how important it is to draw awareness to elder abuse.

“Elder abuse is a significant issue in our community, and we all have a responsibility to raise awareness and prevent it,” Mr Murray said.

“Elder abuse involves the abuse of an older person by someone in a relationship of trust. This abuse can be financial, psychological, physical, sexual or by neglect. 

“It affects Western Australians of all backgrounds, with devastating effects on victims, their families and communities”

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