Help for those experiencing Elder Abuse
Our elders deserve to be treated with love and respect and valued for their life experiences.
Age Concern Horowhenua and Age Concern Kapiti offer free and confidential support, advocacy and information for those experiencing Elder Abuse.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse occurs when someone in a position of trust uses that position to take advantage of an elderly person. It can include:
Financial or Property abuse: taking or forcing an elderly person to give over money, property or possessions
Emotional Abuse: Insulting, being called names, threats, humiliation
Physical Abuse: Being hit, slapped, pushed, or forcefully restrained
Neglect: not having needs provided for, lack of food, heating, medical care, etc.
Sexual Abuse: forcing someone to be sexually intimate
Those experiencing elder abuse may hesitate to come forward and get help. They may not want to make a fuss, or get someone they care about in trouble. They may be embarrassed or concerned that if this person stops visiting they will have no-one.
BUT there is help available and no one deserves to be treated in this way. Age Concern offers a confidential advice and support service. Their fieldworker is available to listen to to you and discuss any concerns you may have. They can help you make plans and put certain strategies in place.
HALT (Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team) also has professionals who are able to talk to anyone who is concerned about a case of elder abuse and provide advice and support in deciding on the best course of action. HALT can be contacted on 06 366 0540, or via Coordinator@halt.org.nz