Under-reporting of abuse

Elder abuse is often under-reported. 

Unfortunately, elder abuse is often not reported — creating a problem that can devastate families.

Why does this happen? A victim’s reluctance to report can occur for many reasons including:

  • Shame and embarrassment (especially if the perpetrator is a family member)
  • Fear that the perpetrator will get in trouble
  • Worry and fear that he/she will be forced to live in assisted living or a nursing home
  • Guilt and blame
  • Denial that what he or she is experiencing is actually abuse
  • Fear that the abuse will worsen after reporting or that others will not believe him/her
  • Difficulties in speaking or communicating with others

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