Domestic Violence Impacts on Older Adults

Domestic violence that begins earlier in life can continue as couples grow older. Survivors are even more vulnerable when the abusive partner is also their caregiver. Abuse that can start or continue into old age includes:

  • Financial abuse, including withholding money for essential needs such as food, medicine, and clothing; forced property transfers or revisions of wills; theft of money or possessions, and fraud
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Restricting access to transportation, phones and computers
  • Destroying property
  • Threats, intimidation and humiliation
  • Withholding medical attention
  • Physical and sexual abuse

New Beginnings can provide emotional support to older survivors and help them connect with elder abuse resources. Call our 24-hour Helpline for more information and support.