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ELDER ABUSE

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [9.52 pm]: I rise to acknowledge that yesterday, 15 June, was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is signified by a purple ribbon. I am wearing one tonight, and I notice that a number of members in this chamber have also been wearing one all day today. That is very heartening, because it is estimated that between two and 14 per cent of older Australians can experience elder abuse in any given year, and that is without looking at what happens to older people over a long period.

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — FRONTLINE SERVICES

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [5.30 pm]: I rise to make some comments about serious concerns I have about the reduction of frontline family and domestic violence services. The services I am referring to this evening are called family and domestic violence counselling, advocacy and support services, and they are currently delivered across WA by 17 different service providers. These are really vital services. They support people who attend police stations and provide crisis response and counselling across metropolitan, regional and remote Western Australia.

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