Forms of Abuse and Neglect

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  Other Forms of Abuse

Systemic Abuse – Our society and the systems that exist within society can create, allow, or worsen elder abuse. The most common form of abuse is discrimination against seniors due to their age. Often times, this discrimination combines with additional factors as well: gender, race, colour, language, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, or geographic location.

Institutional Abuse – Any physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse or neglect occurring within a facility. For example, active victimization, withholding or denying individual care needs, failure to respect an individual’s rights, over-medicating, etc.