Elderly man arrested over stabbing death of Melbourne woman

An elderly man has been arrested over the stabbing death of a woman in Melbourne.

Detectives detained the 75-year-old on Wednesday morning after the body of a woman was found in her Richmond home on Tuesday afternoon.

He is currently assisting police with inquiries.

Emergency services were called to the home at Richmond in Melbourne's southeast on Tuesday. Photo: 7 News

It is believed the 49-year-old woman had been slashed on the neck with a blade.

The victim's partner arrived at the home and raised the alarm after finding the woman on the kitchen floor.

The woman's partner rushed to the neighbour's home for help. Photo: 7 News

Emergency services were called to the home in Richmond about 4pm on Tuesday.

She had suffered "significant injuries," Victoria Police spokeswoman Sergeant Kim Bramwell said.

Police were seen speaking with distressed loved ones of the woman after they started arriving throughout the evening.