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Each year, Age Concern’s Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention (EANP)
services receive more than 2000 referrals for older people who may be
facing elder abuse or neglect. That’s eight referrals every working day. About three quarters of these situations are confirmed to involve elder abuse or neglect.
Often the abuse experienced by an older person involves more than
one type of abuse. In cases seen by Age Concern’s Elder Abuse and
Neglect Prevention Services:
Abuse is also identified by other agencies including health
providers, the Police, lawyers, other community support organisations,
and other non-Age Concern Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention services.
Black Ribbon New Zealand is concerned that while elder abuse is
so prevalent in New Zealand, there seems to be little public narrative
in the media. As a result, there is much that the average New Zealander
does not know about elder abuse. For example, the majority of cases of
elder abuse are perpetrated by family members, and often the home
caregiver who is responsible for the abuse is female. This means that
women in particular need to step up and be proactive in stamping out
elder abuse from domestic environments. These are the messages that we
need to be delivering to our communities.
Commonly, several types of abuse occur together. The types of abuse include:
Psychological Abuse - Behaviour causing mental anguish, stress or fear. For example:
Financial Abuse - Illegal or improper use of money, property or other assets. For example:
Physical Abuse - Infliction of pain, injury or use of force. For example:
Neglect - Not providing for physical, emotional or social needs. For example:
Sexual Abuse - Non-consensual sexual acts or exploitive behaviours. For example: