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November 15, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness and Elderly Abuse Prevention

By Tie Shank

Many people are sadly mistaken in to thinking domestic violence is a younger woman’s issue, but unfortunately, violence and abuse have no discriminating factors. Age is no protection against sexual or domestic abuse and perpetrators are often those you’d never expect: home health aides, nursing home staff or residents or one’s own family members. In 2010 the National Center for Victims Crime Publication found that in sexual abuse cases involving adults 60 years and older, only 15.5 Percent reported their abuse to the police.

Numerous things make older adults vulnerable to abuse: Their physical limitations, social isolation, mental impairments, fear of losing their independence, fear or lack of financial resources or housing, fear of retaliation, or shame and embarrassment are just a few.

Abusive behavior is not always sexual or physical, it can be anything used to maintain or gain power or control of a person. It can be psychological threats or actions that influence another person such as; intimidating behaviors, humiliation, terrorizing, blaming, frightening, or hurting them.
It’s important to take note of any changes in your friends or loved ones. Changes could be as simple as an unexplained bruise, a behavioral or attitude change, withdrawing from routine activities, isolating themselves from others, confining themselves to a certain room, a newly developed fear of speaking to their suspect or giving inconsistent explanations to injuries. If you suspect abuse, express your concern to your friend or loved one.
There is help available. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. If you are in need of emergency safety services, shelter or support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Your health and safety is extremely important.

 SOURCE:     The RoundUpWeb


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1 comment:

Stephen Bourne said...

It is great to see awareness on this most serious of issues however when the systems in place fail to document and report with accuracy they fail the vulnerable and become unfit for purpose.

This then makes the abuse to the Vulnerable worse.

Our family used to be of the belief that Social Workers and the police were able to provide safety to the vulnerable our experience in the UK this is not the case.


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