Crime Types

Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?

A single or repeated act, or physical emotion, sexual, exploitation neglect and abandonment perpetrated against an older person.

Sadly most perpetrators are those closest to them; their children, other family members, their spouses ;as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

  1. Elder abuse most often takes place in the home where the senior lives. It can also happen in institutional settings, especially long-term care facilities.
  2. It is estimated that more than 1 in 10 older adults experience some form of abuse.
  3. Most victims are dependent on their abuser for basic needs.
  4. The most common form of abuse is financial exploitation, with physical abuse, neglect and emotional abuse following.

*National Council on Aging. (