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Elder abuse is unacceptable and can happen to anyone.
Elder abuse is wrong because:
There are different types of elder abuse:
Abuse can increase in frequency and severity over time and older people can experience more than one type of abuse.
In some cases the abuser may be moody or angry, and they may say things like:
These comments could be made intentionally to make you feel bad about yourself or unintentionally out of frustration. Either way these negative statements can affect your self-esteem and can in the long run affect your mental health. People abuse others for a number of reasons. According to Ramsey – Klawsnik (2000) there are five types of abuser:
Financial or material abuse can be:
Emotional or psychological abuse can be:
Neglect can be on purpose or a matter of not understanding what your needs are:
Physical abuse can include:
Sexual abuse is any sexual activity that you are not comfortable with:
You do not have to tolerate harassment, intimidation or being talked down to by anyone. If you are being mistreated in any way then you have a right to speak up, or make a complaint. If you feel abused or know somebody else who is being mistreated, call your local council adult protection team. If you are in immediate danger you should call the police on 999.
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