Physical abuse

Physical abuse is an act that causes physical pain, injury or a combination of both.

Physical abuse is an act that causes physical pain, injury or a combination of both. Click here to read more.

Physical abuse may appear as a change in appearance, attitude, or behaviour.

2% of older people reported experiencing this form of abuse in the last 12 months.1

It may be:

  • Hitting, pushing, or shaking

  • Misuse or overuse of medications

  • Physical restraint

  • Putting an older person in a position they can’t get out of, like a chair

  • Locking an older person in a room

  • Threatened and/or injured with a weapon

In the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study released in 2021 it was noted that men were slightly more likely to report physical abuse.2

The most common form of physical abuse reported by older Australians was threats to harm (60.7%).3 Almost half (46.6%) of those who reported physical abuse reported being grabbed, pushed or shoved.4 Just over one in five older people in this group reported being hit, punched, kicked or slapped.5 Threats with a weapon were reported by (15.73%).6

Physical abuse resources

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