Every hour, 365 days a year, a case of elder abuse is reported to the police, yet this is one of the most under-reported crimes. Victims are women and men, and the person abusing them may be a spouse, an adult child, a relative or a caretaker. Elder Abuse is a Crime!
What Is It?
Elder abuse is a pattern of abuse that consists of knowing, intentional, or negligent acts occurring within a relationship with an older person. Elder abuse has many forms which may include acts such as:
beating, slapping, burning, cutting, shaking, spitting, applying inappropriate physical contact, abandoning, under or over medicating, denying food or water, delaying medical treatment
threatening, harassing, humiliating, demeaning, calling names, isolating, ignoring, frightening, intimidating, infantilizing, destroying property
illegal or unethical use of funds or assets, theft, embezzlement, misuse of property, extortion, fraud, failure to support
sexual contact without consent
intentional or unintentional failure to provide basic needs including food, water, hygiene, care or medication