Elder abuse includes physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity that occurs in any setting, either in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability. It is common for several forms of elder abuse to occur at the same time.
Abusers tend to be someone the victim knows and trusts or someone who takes care of them making it difficult for the victim to end the abuse. You can respond to elder abuse or suspected elder abuse in several ways. Some responses include simply listening to older adults (regardless of their cognitive state) who may voice their concerns of abuse, asking questions, recognizing signs of abuse, and reporting any suspected elder abuse.
When You Should Call
If you or someone you know is experiencing child maltreatment and/or exhibiting any of the following warning signs, the Arkansas Crisis Center is here for you to provide emotional support and resources in your area. If someone is in immediate danger or you are unable to connect, please dial 9-1-1.
- Cuts, bruises or burns that the caregiver cannot account for or explain
- Fear of being left alone with the caregiver
- Unexplained withdrawal
- Difficulty with sitting or walking
- Large purchases or withdrawals from banking accounts
- Unbathed, not fed, clothes soiled or unchanged for days at a time
- Runs away from home