Compass knows there are some characteristics or factors that older people who experience abuse are likely to share. These factors can be grouped into three categories: Environmental, Personal, and Perpetrator.
Although these are not the cause of abuse, they should be considered as risk factors and can be helpful in understanding who is at greater risk of abuse.
The following describe some of the leading external factors that can contribute to or influence vulnerability to abuse.
The following describe some of the leading personal factors that can contribute to or influence vulnerability to abuse.
The following describe some of the significant factors that contribute to perpetrators abusing older people.
What to look for: family, friends, carers
Whether you’re a family member, a friend, a neighbour or carer to an older person, it's everybody's business to look out for the older people in our lives.
Discover how you can play your part in helping to stop elder abuse.
What to look for: signs and behaviours
Knowing if in an older person is experiencing abuse starts by knowing what to look for. These often present themselves in two forms:
The behaviours or actions as shown by the older person and/or the perpetrator
Common warning signs
The visual clues often associated with elder abuse
These behaviours and warning signs may occur across the five types of abuse experienced by older people.
Emotional or psychological abuse
To get a clearer understanding of what to look for in each, expand them below.