Putting a stop to elderly abuse
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse occurs when an elderly woman or man is caused harm, neglected or mistreated - usually by someone they should be able to trust.
Many people can feel uncomfortable when hearing the word ‘Abuse’ what abuse actually means is causing harm, mistreating, exploiting or neglecting elderly people, the above is just an example of certain ways in which the term abuse is meant by there are of course many other ways and forms in which elderly people can be harmed.
Where can abuse happen?
The vast majority of people like to think abuse would not happen on their doorstep, but the truth is abuse can happen anywhere, from behind closed doors to even public places.
Who can be abused?
Any elderly person – female, male, poor, rich, and from any culture or ethnicity can be abused. If you hear of an elderly person being abused it is quite common that many people instantly think it is a female. Whilst it is very common that females from the age 70 or above who are vulnerable and isolated due to possibly living alone, elderly males are also subject to abuse. You may think that only the elderly and frail are at risk of abuse but it does not matter what age or disability a person may have they are also at risk of abuse. How much abuse is there?
We will never know how much abuse there truly is, statistics regarding abuse can only be generated by known abusers and people whom are abused, but they first need to be known about, there are so many people who abuse and who are being abused who do not report it, a true statistic could only be gathered if they are known to organisations such as Social Services, Police or voluntary groups like Action on Elder Abuse, official estimates vary it has been suggested that 5-10 per cent of elderly people suffer some form of abuse but much abuse is never reported Physical Abuse
What is Physical Abuse?
Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation, injury or other physical suffering or bodily harm.
What is a Form of Physical Abuse?
Below are some examples of what is deemed as physical abuse, please be aware that there are still many other forms of physical abuse that are not listed. * Striking
* Pushing, pulling
* Striking with an object
* Excessive pinching on the body
Possible indications of physical abuse
Physical as well as emotional changes, sudden change in behaviour, refusal of a carer allowing friends, family or visitors in general to see an elderly person alone.
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse refers to any action that pressures or coerces someone to do something sexually they don't want to do. It can also refer to behaviour that impacts a person's ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including oral sex, rape or restricting access to birth control and condoms.
What is a form of sexual abuse?
Below is some examples of what is deemed as sexual abuse, please be aware that there are still many other forms of sexual abuse that are not listed. * Inappropriately touching with sexual intent
* Restricting access to birth control
* Restricting access to condoms
* Sexual activity with individuals with little to none mental health capacity or learning difficulties
Possible indications of sexual abuse
* Loss of sleep
* Unexpected or unexplained change in behaviour
* Soreness around the genitals
* Torn, Stained or Bloody Underwear
* A preoccupation with anything sexual
* Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
What is Emotional/Psychological abuse?
Psychological abuse also referred to as emotional abuse or mental abuse is a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another...
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