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Seniors' Legal and Support Service (SLASS)

If you are a victim of elder abuse or feel that you have been mistreated or taken advantage of financially, help is available. The Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) provides free legal advice, information and social work services for people over 60.

The service can assist you with:

  • legal information and advice
  • social work services
  • short-term counselling
  • advocacy on your behalf
  • a referral to other legal, consumer and support services
  • representation in court or before tribunals (in certain circumstances).

Some examples of how they can help you:

  • obtaining domestic violence protection orders
  • developing safety plans
  • support you to relocate to a place of safety
  • advice on appointing or revoking a power of attorney
  • information on protective strategies to manage your assets and prevent or stop financial abuse
  • advocacy and negotiation on your behalf if you are a resident of a retirement village experiencing unfair contract terms and conditions
  • advising on recovery of property or money following elder abuse or financial exploitation.

You can get help by phone, appointment at a service centre or, where possible, they can visit you in your home or another safe location.

For more information contact your nearest SLASS centre:

Brisbane Seniors Legal and Support Service

Caxton Legal Centre Inc.

1 Manning Street

SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101

Phone: (07) 3214 6333

 

Cairns Community Legal Centre—Seniors Legal Service

Level 1, 85 Lake Street

CAIRNS QLD 4870

Phone:(07) 4031 7688

 

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre—Seniors Legal Service

16 Torquay Road

PIALBA QLD 4655

Phone:(07) 4194 3001

 

Toowoomba Seniors Legal Support Service

The Advocacy and Support Centre Inc.

223 Hume Street

SOUTH TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350

Phone:(07) 4616 9700

 

Townsville Community Legal Service—Seniors Legal Service

Unit 2 181 Sturt Street

TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810

Phone: (07) 4721 5511

 

There's no excuse for elder abuse

 

Elder abuse is often hidden away—people aren't willing to talk about it, or make excuses to justify abusive behaviour. This needs to change. Everyone needs to know there's no excuse for elder abuse.

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Last updated:
29 July 2016

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