Story: Domestic violence

Elder abuse

Elder abuse

The Domestic Violence Act 1995 broadened the legal definition of domestic violence to include violence between same-sex partners, flatmates, carers and other family members. These changes were partly a response to growing awareness about such problems as elder abuse – the abuse of older people by carers or family members. This brochure, produced by Age Concern, advertises the Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Domestic violence - Law and policing changes – 1980s and beyond', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/28294/elder-abuse (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 19 Jul 2018