Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

Domestic abuse can include elder abuse. This is where harm is done, or distress caused, to an older person within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. Most victims of elder abuse are older women with a chronic illness or disability. Again, the most typical abusers are partners, adult children, or family members.

  • 500,000 are believed to be abused at any one time in the UK
  • Half of the people who abuse are related to the person they are abusing, but very rarely (in only 1 per cent of cases) is the abuser the main family carer.
  • 53% of those who abuse are sons or daughters.
  • Those between 80-89 years old are the most vulnerable to abuse.
  • Two-thirds of abuse is committed at home, by someone in a position of trust.
  • In 37 per cent of situations, two types of abuse occur simultaneously.
  • In a third of circumstances, the abuse is perpetrated by more than one person in collusion.