Elder Abuse & Neglect

According to the National Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, elder abuse is defined as any form of maltreatment that results in the harm or loss to an older person. Forms of elder abuse can include:

  • Physical abuse is physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. It includes assault, battery, and inappropriate restraint.
  • Sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an older person.
  • Emotional abuse is the willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct.
  • Abandonment is defined as the desertion of an elderly person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for an elder, or by a person with physical custody of an elder.
  • Passive neglect is the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her care giving responsibilities
  • Willful deprivation is failure to provide for one's own essential needs
  • Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an older person's funds, property, or resources

As elders become more physically challenged, they’re less able to stand up to physical abuse. In addition they may not maintain the same level of hearing and clear thinking leaving them vulnerable to abuse. Between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection (Committee on National Statistics: Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America 2003)

  • School violence
  • Violence in schools manifests in several ways throughout the United States. Youth participate in a wide range of activities that could possibly foster opportunities for violence. Some of the areas where violence occurs are:
  • Through the internet
  • Bullying
  • Fighting
  • Weapon use

According to the National Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance in 2003, 17.1% of high school students had carried a weapon to school in the 30 days preceding the survey. In response, government and school administration have initiated protection measures in the form of metal detectors, surveillance cameras and police officers within the schools and during school related activities.