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Within My Walls - Elder Abuse Resource for Communities

The Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) launched its short film on elder abuse, Within My Walls, a community education resource in October 2014.

Within My Walls is a glimpse into the lives of older people in suburban Melbourne, who have been affected by mistreatment at the hands of their family.

This film is a community education tool, designed to generate discussion about the topic of elder abuse.

The film addresses stigma about accepting help outside the family, not knowing where to go for help and increased dependency on adult children due to migration.

Within My Walls is available in seven languages (Cantonese, Greek, Macedonian, Mandarin, Serbian, Tagalog and Turkish), and the stories show types of elder abuse experienced in ethnic communities.

To order a copy of the DVD and education resource, email or call Fiona York, ECCV Senior Project Officer on 9349 4122.

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Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, on whose land this website was developed. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their ancestors and elders, both past and present and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We hope our work contributes to the wider project of respect and recognition between cultures in Australia. Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing receives project funding from the Australian Department of Health to administer the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program in Victoria.


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37% of people aged 65 years and over in Australia were born overseas.
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There are over 300 separately identified languages spoken in Australian homes.
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Australians follow more than 120 religious and spiritual beliefs.
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Australia’s Indigenous peoples are two distinct cultural groups made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. But there is great diversity within these two broadly described groups exemplified by the over 250 different language groups spread across the nation.