Forms of elder abuse touch on almost every type of victimization possible. By definition it is any willful mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person such as:
Physical injury to an older person that is not accidental
Sexual abuse or exploitation
Neglect thatleads to harm
Mental or emotional anguish inflicted by threat, humiliation, or other conduct
Stealing or taking advantage of a older person’s finances, property or resources through deceptive means
If you are or someone you know is elderly or disabled and being mistreated, help is available. If you
suspect an abusive situation please call your local DHS or Area Agency on Aging Office. You may also report abuse at 1-800-232-3020. If it is an emergency please dial 9-1-1. For more information please see the DHS publication Adult Abuse Reporting.
A complete list of the signs of abuse is also available on the DHS website.
Domestic violence also occurs among seniors. For related information please see Domestic Violence.