The Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative has produced a series of short films drawing attention to the issue of elder abuse within the indigenous community.
The three films focus on financial, medication and physical abuse and have been compiled into a DVD.
BDAC Aged and Disability Program Manager Sue Tuitupou said the key message of the project was that elder abuse is any action that harms an older person.
"We saw so many things that were happening in our community that were having a massive impact on our culture and we realised we needed to do something," she said.
"These sorts of things are happening in all communities and we're seeing it a lot in our community as well."
The films highlight the ways in which family members actions can inadvertently impact negatively on their older relatives.
"The reason we made the films was because we wanted younger people to say 'oh you know what, I've just borrowed money off Nan and I don't know how many other people have borrowed a dollar for the bus or for a loaf of bread.
"Or young people fighting around their older people and someone getting hurt or taking their medication," she said.
"I've worked in aged and disability care for five years and in that time you get to know people and you get to know people's stories and families' stories.
"If we can develop a safety net for families to prevent violence or harm happening to our elders it's a really good result at the end of the day."
Ms Tuitupou said the next step for the group would be to disseminate the message as widely as possible.
"We're hoping to promote it to much broader networks and do community service announcements so our next little project is to get it right out into the community," she said.
Chairwoman of the BDAC board Lynette Warren said the films reinforced the message that elder abuse is totally unacceptable.
"Our elders are here to be respected because they're the ones with all the wisdom and all the knowledge," she said.
The DVDs are available from the BDAC offices in Forest Street, or online by contacting Sue Tuitupou on 5442 4947.
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