Elder Abuse Statistics

Research in the 1980s and 1990s debunked the myth that most elder abuse was caused by caregiver stress. Instead the research showed that the elder abuse was occurring within a spousal relationship with a long history of domestic violence.

As the general population grows older, estimates of domestic violence among the elderly are expected to increase dramatically - putting additional pressure on service providers.

Trans-generational family violence plays a crucial role in the proliferation of abuse towards older people.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that four out of five cases of elder abuse go unreported.

According to the ACOG, elderly survivors of sexual abuse named the husband as the offender in 29% of the cases.

Nearly 58% of elder abuse perpetrators were spouses, while only 24% are adult children, despite the fact that reported cases more often name the children as perpetrators.