Types of Abuse

Physical Abuse

An act, rough treatment or punishment that may result in injury, pain or impairment

Emotional Abuse

Psychological, verbal or emotional abuse causing suffering, emotional pain, or distress

Sexual Abuse

Sexual contact or non-contact of any kind with an older person without agreement from that person


Intentional or unintentional failure or refusal to provide care or help to an older adult – an extreme form of neglect


Purposeful and permanent desertion of an older adult by an obligated caregiver (eg: left at a hospital, nursing home, or another public location).

Financial Exploitation

Illegal or improper use of an older person’s money or property