Due to mandatory reporting laws and other major differences in DHS, law enforcement and other institutions' responses, cases in which an elderly person is the primary victim of abuse may be beyond the scope of our work.
Elder Abuse affects people of every social, economic, and religious background impacting both men and women. It is similar to other forms of domestic violence and may include physical violence, sexual assault, emotional, and psychological. Elder survivors also face fear of abandonment, financial exploitation, and neglect.
The movement to research and better understand elder abuse is still relatively new. And while there has been some progress in understanding, there is still much to learn, specifically in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault.