Lifelong Respect

Lifelong Respect

Lifelong Respect

One in six (1 in 6) people in Australia experience elder abuse. Elder abuse is a violation of human rights, it can include physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse, financial and material abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Show your support for older people and get involved in a lifelong respect event in 2024.

Everyone has the right to live with dignity and safety.

How you can get involved.

Take part in the annual Walks Against Elder Abuse 0n Friday, 14 June.

Register for a walk in Hobart, Launceston, or Burnie.


Join a Long Table Lunch for Lifelong Respect

12pm – 2pm, 6 June. Rosebery Hall

The West Coast Council and Rosebery Neighbourhood House have partnered with us to put on a lunch for the community at the Rosebery Hall.

Click to book online
Phone: Rosebery Neighbourhood House on 6473 1497.


St Marys
12pm – 2 pm, 12 June Town Hall, St Marys

The Break O’Day Council and the Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House have partnered with us to put on a lunch for the community at the St Marys Town Hall.

Phone: Break O’Day Council on 6376 7900

Get involved in the Wear Purple Campaign and show your support in your community or workplace

Join us for Purple on Parliament Lawns on Saturday, 15 June – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Every year on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, families, students, community members, workers and volunteers unite to raise awareness of elder abuse and the ageism that drives it.

Ageism makes it seem okay to ignore older people, and this can have terrible consequences. If older people are ignored and undervalued, it is more likely others will turn a blind eye to elder abuse.

Older people have the right to live with dignity and safety, just like people of every other age.

The walks are supported by the Tasmanian Government, and all end with a free morning tea provided by our Council partners.

For more information about elder abuse awareness and prevention, click here.

For more information about ageism, click here.


Past Walks Against Elder Abuse

The Tasmanian Community has been Walking Against Elder Abuse with COTA Tasmania since a Burnie walk in 2015. In that time, the number of walkers has swelled year on year, and progress has been made:

  • new Tasmanian and national elder abuse prevention strategies were launched
  • a new Statewide television, radio and print elder abuse awareness advertising campaign was funded by the Tasmanian Government
  • the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety presented its scathing report
  • the Tasmanian Public Trustee was reviewed
  • there was an inquiry into the Roy Fagin older persons’ mental health facility
  • COTA Tasmania co-hosted a national conference on elder abuse in Hobart, with more than 450 registrations.

We’ve helped achieve a lot together, but so much more needs to be done, because older Tasmanians are still being discriminated against, isolated and abused.

Walks Against Elder Abuse keep governments focussed on fixing the problem. They attract media attention that increases public awareness far beyond the walks themselves. They maintain the pressure for more effective action at all levels of society. And they spread the message that every one of us can take a step towards a safer world by stamping out ageism now.

2023 walks