Elder Abuse Awareness

Elder Abuse Awareness

What is Elder Abuse?

“The abuse of older people, also known as elder abuse, is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” – World Health Organization

Signs of Abuse

Emotional Abuse

  • Threats
  • Yelling


Physical Abuse

  • Broken bones or sprains
  • Hitting, kicking, shoving
  • Unexplained bruises


Sexual Abuse

  • Bloody or torn undergarments
  • Bruising or other traumas to the genital area
  • Fear of an individual
  • Presence of STDs



  • Insufficient food
  • Lack of medical care
  • Poor hygiene
  • Weight loss


Financial Exploitation

  • Disappearance of belongings
  • Signature forgery
  • Unpaid bills
  • Unusual bank transactions


If you suspect an older adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, call the 24-hour hotline below, or contact your local Adult Protective Services. Calls may be made anonymously. 

Adult Protective Services Hotline 1-888-832-3858

Norfolk 757-664-6123
Virginia Beach 757-385-3550
Chesapeake 757-382-2008
Portsmouth 757-405-1800
Suffolk 757-514-7458
Franklin 757-562-8520
Isle of Wight County 757-365-0880


Web Sources

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

National Institute on Aging

U.S. Department of Justice

Administration of Community Living

World Health Organization

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