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Intimate Partner Abuse of Older Adults

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Understanding and Preventing Mistreatment of Older Adults

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No one deserves to be hurt or harmed in any way. But mistreatment of older adults, often called “elder abuse and neglect” or “financial exploitation,” is all too common. Learn about mistreatment of older adults and how to keep yourself or a loved one safe.

Photo of older womanWho is likely to cause harm to an older adult?
In what ways can older adults be mistreated?

Older gentleman, black and whitePhysical – may include slapping, hitting, pushing, withholding or giving the wrong medications, or denying aids necessary for daily life (e.g., dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids).

Emotional – may include threatening, insulting, ignoring or isolation.

Financial – may include theft, fraud, secretly spending someone’s money, pressuring them to give over control of money or property, or scams (e.g., people who offer to work for cash in advance but don’t do the job).

Neglect – may include leaving a senior without food, shelter, medical assistance or personal care.

Sexual – any forced or non-consensual sexual contact.

As an older adult, what can you do to protect yourself or be safer? 
What can family and friends do to help protect older adults?
Who should you call for help?

Police – Abuse or mistreatment may be a crime. If it is an emergency or could be dangerous, call 911.

Adult Protective Services – If you need protection or know someone who does, find the number for your local Adult Protective Services office within the Department of Social Services.

The number can also be obtained by calling 1-800-342-3009 (press option 6) or visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Service website

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For general information about elder abuse and programs for older adults, contact:

NYS Office for the Aging, Senior Citizen Helpline: 1-800-342-9871

NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Adult Services: 518-402-6513

For information about elder abuse and domestic violence, contact:

NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906

English & Español, Multi-language Accessibility

National Relay Service for Deaf or Hard of   Hearing: 711

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence: 518-457-5800

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State of New York

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor

Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


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