Adult Abuse Victims

Anyone can become a victim of abuse regardless of age, gender, financial status or background. Adult abuse crosses all demographic and geographic boundaries. Victims of adult abuse include:

  • Older adult (60 and older)
  • Developmentally disabled
  • Physically disabled

Adult abuse is often a hidden problem partly because the victim often fails to report abuse and mistreatment. Why?

  • Guilt, shame and love prevent the abuse from being reported when the abuser is a friend or family member
  • Fear of retaliation from the accused abuser
  • Perceived lack of a safer alternative to the current living situation
  • Impairments making it impossible for the victims to seek help for themselves
  • Victims fear the loss of a caregiver - even an abusive one
  • Victims may not know where or how to seek help and are often isolated