Research and reports

Year in Review

The Elder Abuse Prevention Unit produces research and reports related to elder abuse. Our annual Year in Review provides a detailed and insightful analysis of elder abuse occurring in close/intimate relationships throughout Queensland, including insights on victims, perpetrators and notifiers. It has proven to be a strong advocacy tool to demonstrate what elder abuse is, as well as inform prevention and response strategies.

To access previous annual reports, you can request them via: eapu@uccommunity.org.au  

Elder abuse is a complex social issue, and the Year in Review report highlights the multidimensional nature of elder abuse. Many demographical factors are considered with the analysis, such as who reports abuse in regions, individual factors surrounding victims and perpetrators including trauma, patterns of abuse and much more. 

Other research

The Elder Abuse Prevention Unit’s research has been presented at national and international conferences and is widely quoted as a primary source by news media organisations, researchers, students, training organisations and conference presenters.

The Elder Abuse Helpline collects anonymous data about all call types; however, only cases involving a victim who is aged 50 years or older are analysed. De-identified information collected from calls to the Helpline is entered into a database and analysed annually under a bifocal ecological framework.

Read our other research and reports here

The EAPU Helpline:
Investigation of Five
Years of Call Data
(2015)

This report investigates five years' worth of Helpline data. The report finds consistencies over time for age and gender, although it suggests that elder abuse in older age groups may not be as gendered as spousal abuse. Drilling down into abuse types and relationships indicates that elder abuse is a different construct to spousal abuse. A change in the patterns of two abuse types over time reveals that sons and daughters are becoming more alike in their patterns of abuse. Click here for the full report.

A ‘Wishlist’ for a Prevalence
Study (2015)

The EAPU Reference Group Research Subgroup final report on a proposal for a Queensland prevalence study. Click here for the full report.

Submission: Domestic
and Family Violence
Taskforce on Elder
Abuse (2015)

This submission was prepared for the Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce chaired by the former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce. The submission raised important issues, including the cost of elder abuse and the need for a targeted and coordinated approach to prevention. Other key issues were the need for current legislation to be reviewed and strengthened, as well as a prevalence study to identify a baseline for service delivery and impact of services on the elder abuse. Click here to read the full submission.

The EAPU Helpline: Investigation of Five Years of Call Data (2015)

This report investigates five years' worth of Helpline data. The report finds consistencies over time for age and gender, although it suggests that elder abuse in older age groups may not be as gendered as spousal abuse. Drilling down into abuse types and relationships indicates that elder abuse is a different construct to spousal abuse. A change in the patterns of two abuse types over time reveals that sons and daughters are becoming more alike in their patterns of abuse. Click here for the full report.

A ‘Wishlist’ for a Prevalence Study (2015)

The EAPU Reference Group Research Subgroup final report on a proposal for a Queensland prevalence study. Click here for the full report.

Submission: Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce on Elder Abuse (2015)

This submission was prepared for the Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce chaired by the former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce. The submission raised important issues, including the cost of elder abuse and the need for a targeted and coordinated approach to prevention. Other key issues were the need for current legislation to be reviewed and strengthened, as well as a prevalence study to identify a baseline for service delivery and impact of services on the elder abuse. Click here to read the full submission.