Elder Justice Coalition - Sonoma County Human Services
Know the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
Warning Signs of Physical AbuseBruises, 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 NeglectBedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
Warning Signs of Financial AbuseSudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation. For more information on financial abuse.
Warning Signs of Emotional AbuseUnexplained 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.