Elder Abuse

WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE?

Elder abuse is any harm that is inflicted by someone else upon an elderly person. Examples of elder abuse would include:

  • Sexual assault – assault of a sexual nature without the person’s consent
  • Financial abuse – someone taking money from the person without their knowledge and without providing receipts for items purchased.
  • Physical abuse – hitting, punching, kicking, hitting with words or false religious doctrine
  • Emotional abuse – being afraid of their children or being promised something only to have plans cancelled or not followed through
  • Neglect – Little or no food or food of poor quality in their refrigerator. Not accessing available community supports for needs such as bathing, getting to medical appointments, meal preparation or cleaning.
  • Psychological abuse – someone threatening to sell your home, send you to a nursing home or for you to become homeless. Overwhelming guilt for situations long past and out of your control is also classified as psychological abuse.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ELDER ABUSE

  • Females are most likely to be harmed by a current or ex-spouse whereas males are more likely to be victimized by their adult children. You are not alone and you do not need to be afraid. We can help.
  • It does not matter what has happened in the past, there is no justification for harming someone right now regardless of the past.
  • If you are being threatened, harmed or abused, it does not need to be this way.
  • IT IS A CRIME and no one has the right to harm you. Please give us a call and we can help. Our number is 519-884-6784. If you get our answering machine, please leave us a message and we can call you back. Our telephone number will not show up on call display as we have a “blocked number” so whomever is harming you will not know we have called you. Also, if someone else answers the phone, we will NOT leave a message with this person either. We want to protect you and we want you to get help, not be harmed more.