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Elder Justice Coalition - Sonoma County Human Services

Know the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Warning Signs of Physical Abuse

Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.

Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.

Warning Signs of Neglect

Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.

Warning Signs of Financial Abuse

Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation. For more information on financial abuse.

Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse

Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.

Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.