What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is abuse of anyone 65 years of age or older, or abuse of a "dependent adult". A dependant adult refers to individuals ages 18-64 with mental or physical limitations that restrict his/her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his/her rights.

Elder Abuse is most often defined as: “Single or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” (WHO, 2002)

Elder abuse takes many different forms; it’s as varied and individual as its victims themselves. What doesn’t change, regardless of the type, is that elder abuse happens far too often and it must be stopped NOW.

Triangle Area, NC Coalitions:

PEAVD - Partners Eliminating Adult Victimization in Durham

Mission: “To eliminate abuse of vulnerable and older adults by bridging the gaps in communication and collaboration within our community,”

Vision:, “Durham is a caring community committed to valuing, empowering, and protecting its vulnerable and elder adults.”

Wake County Elder Abuse Task Force

Mission: “To identify and reduce abuse of older and at-risk adults in our communities through collaborative partnership, education, and empowerment.”

Vision: “All Wake County older and at-risk adults are valued and protected from abuse.”




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