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WHATA victim service program that helps older adults who are being abused or harmed.
WHYTo provide help and support to elderly who are being abused or harmed.
WHEREThe National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life.
Across USA. Online.

Program Description

“Older adults may be harmed by spouses, partners, adult children, or other family members, caregivers, or others. They may experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, abandonment, exploitation, and neglect. Often several forms of abuse may be occurring at the same time.”

“Many victims of abuse in later life feel alone and ashamed as a result of the abuse. They may blame themselves for the abuse or feel they have nowhere to turn. They may also feel pressure from others not to reach out for help or fear no one will believe them.”

Elderly who are being abused can call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 for help.

In addition to proving immediate help for elderly The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life’s victim service program helps older adults who are being abused or harmed to
create a safety plan including thinking ahead about what would items would be needed such as medications, important documents, a way to safely get out and where to go.

The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life’s website provides stories and interviews of elderly who have been abused called ‘In Their Own Words’ and may provide support for others who are in similar situations.

The website provides useful guides for family and friends on how to help elderly who may be being abused such as how to start the conversation, helping them with their options and letting them know that it is not their own fault.
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