Do you know or suspect that a friend, family member, neighbour or someone in the community is being abused?
There are things you can do to help. Your response is important. If you know someone experiencing elder abuse, you can be part of the solution.
If your response encourages them to talk about the situation, they may feel stronger and more able to explore their options and make decisions.
You can help. Here’s how:
- let them know that help is available
- invite them to talk in a place where they are alone and safe and listen to them
- let them know it is not their fault
- respect their right to make their own decisions
- avoid being critical of the abusive person
- keep providing support even if they refuse help.