Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person. The most common forms of elder abuse include physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse and neglect.
Elder abuse can include:
- frightening someone by threatening to hurt a pet or break belongings
- intimidating, humiliating, or harassing an older person
- threatening to evict someone or put them in a nursing home
- preventing a person from seeing family or friends
- denying someone their right to make their own decisions
- pension skimming
- selling belongings without permission
- misusing an Enduring Power of Attorney by taking money or property improperly
- forcing a person to change their will
- denying someone’s access to or control of their own funds
- preventing services from providing help to someone
- neglecting a person’s physical, medical or emotional needs
- slapping, hitting, pushing or restraining an older person
- making unwanted sexual approaches or behaving indecently.