Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?

  • Elder Abuse can be Physical, Psychological, Emotional, Sexual, and Financial.
  • It can be a single or repeated act, or lack of action. Occurring within ANY relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm of distress.

Who is an “elder?”

  • Technically 60-years-old and up. For most service providers 50-years-old and up.
  • 67% are women, 33% are men.
  • Law includes the Elderly AND incapacitated adults.
  • 18-years-old and up; physically, mentally, or emotionally unable to manage their own personal, home, or financial affairs.

Who abuses?

  • Trusted care givers with some expectation of trust.
  • Spouses, partners, family members, care givers, etc.
  • Often have co-occurring issues: anger, substance abuse, health issues, stress.

These ARE NOT reasons or excuses for the abuser. These are issues that magnify the underlying problem: the abuser likes to abuse.
Abusers use common tactics such as: emotional, psychological, or spiritual abuse; isolation; neglect; manipulating family; threats; financial exploitation; sexual or physical abuse.

Our goal (and the goal of all who work with the abused elderly) is to treat them with dignity and respect. Even though volunteers may be younger they will treat you with the same dignity and respect as a peer would. We are here to help you understand what has happened or is happening, give you all the information you may need, support you as you work to process what has happened, and most importantly to LISTEN.

As with other types of abuse there are potential Red Flags that you loved one or friend is being abused.

Our Services Include:

Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach

A key part of our mission is coordinating a sustained effort to reduce domestic violence through education and outreach.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

We can provide a safe place for victims and their children when they have nowhere else to go.

Support Groups

Support Groups

Support groups provide assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Hospital Accompaniment

Hospital Accompaniment

Trained volunteers respond to area hospital emergency rooms to provide advocacy and support to individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.

24-hour Crisis Line

24-hour Crisis Line

1-866-841-6229 TTY & Language Line Interpretive services available

Court Advocacy

Court Advocacy

Provides a specialized advocate to assist victims of domestic violence as they proceed through the criminal justice system.

Partners

CONFIDENTIAL

Conversations with Crisis Line volunteers and advocates are protected under NH confidentiality statute 173C. This means that information shared during a crisis line call or one-on-one conversations with "on-duty" advocates cannot be disclosed without your written consent. The only exceptions to confidentiality is in regards to abuse of a child or abuse of an incapacitated adult.