Understanding Abuse Older People 'Elder Abuse' occurs in relationships where there is an expectation of trust between an individual and an older person. Elder abuse can be defined as a single or repeated act, or a lack of appropriate action, which causes harm or distress to an older person. Some examples of abuse are: stealing or pressurising someone to hand over money making decisions without consulting the person involved treating someone in a way that makes them feel threatened, belittled or embarrassed touching someone in a way they don’t want to be touched physically hurting someone neglecting someone’s needs. If an older person is being cared for, abuse can include: not giving them enough food not keeping them warm refusing to take them to the doctor when they're ill stopping them from seeing friends and family. It’s possible that a person could be mistreated in more than one way. If you have experienced any of these actions or know of others that have, do not hesitate to contact us on 01270 250390. In an emergency situation, ALWAYS contact the Police.