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Elder Abuse

Crisis Services is here for those over 60 who experience abuse at the hands of their caregivers.

What Is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is a growing concern in our community, and Crisis Services aims to educate, advocate, and help the elderly and their families in moments of crisis. 

Types of Abuse

Elder Abuse

The physical, sexual, and/or emotional mistreatment, neglect or financial exploitation of the basic needs of an adult, sixty years of age or older by a spouse, family member, friend or acquaintance in a domestic setting, which results in harm to the elder adult. The elder adult may or may not be physically or mentally impaired.

Physical Abuse

The use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. This includes inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement.

Emotional Abuse

People speak to or treat elderly persons in ways that cause emotional pain or distress. This can be verbal, through yelling or threats, or nonverbal, through ignorance and isolation.

Sexual Abuse

Is non–consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person. This can involve physical sex acts, but activities such as showing an elderly person pornographic material, forcing the person to watch sex acts, forcing the elder to undress, or inappropriate touching during routine care. Sexual contact with a person incapable of giving consent is also sexual abuse.

Financial Abuse

This involves unauthorized use of an elderly person’s funds or property, either by a caregiver, or an outside scam artist.


Failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial that an elderly charge needs as much care as he or she does. This includes failure to provide a safe environment or life necessities.


Desertion by the person who has the responsibility to provide care to an elderly person.

Eligibility Requirements

From physical and emotional abuse to neglect and abandonment, Crisis Services has the ability to handle each individual case that calls our hotline. There are a few guidelines regarding crisis intervention and programs regarding elder abuse.

  • Applicant must be 60 years of age or older.
  • Applicant is not able to live independently.
  • Applicant must be the victim of domestic or family violence.
  • Applicant must not be eligible for traditional shelter.
  • Applicant cannot self-refer.

Family Support & Therapy Services

Individual counseling is offered for current and past survivors of the following:

                        • Rape
                        • Sexual Assault
                        • Incest
                        • Elder Abuse

Confidential counseling is FREE of charge and available to the survivors and/or family members who feel affected by the experience, otherwise known as secondary survivors.

Therapy Services consist of non-clinical, non-diagnostic supportive counseling, and provide a safe space for you to process the traumatic incident and develop coping skills and other ways to manage the impact the trauma of sexual assault or elder abuse on your life.

Do you have the skills,  experience, and compassion to be a Crisis Services First Responder or volunteer?

There are opportunities to help at Crisis Services.