County of Marin Health and Human Services

What is Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder and dependent care abuse refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Broadly defined, abuse may be:

Physical Abuse - Including but not limited to hitting, slapping, pushing, or beating causing harm, injury, or bruising.

Sexual Abuse - Any kind of sexual activity to which the victim either does not consent or is incapable of consenting to.

Mental or Emotional Abuse - Including but not limited to verbal abuse, threats, and intimidation.

Financial Abuse - Including but not limited to misuse of a person’s assets, money, property, or possessions, or manipulating the senior or dependent adult for the financial gain of another.

Neglect or Self-Neglect – Can look like a care provider or senior adult ignoring their physical or medical care needs, or denial of food or medication.

Learn how to Recognize Elder Abuse.