Abuse in Later Life

Abuse in Later Life

Independence House, Inc. offers specialized services for victims of domestic and sexual violence age 50 and over. Services include specialized support groups, safety planning and coordination and collaboration with organizations who are serving older adults.

Elder abuse is often invisible, yet it is a growing problem which touches millions of older individuals of all races, cultures, sexual orientation, social classes, geographic areas and faiths.

Research estimates that 1 in 10 older Americans living in the U.S. experience abuse in their homes each year, and Cape Cod has the highest population of older adults in the Commonwealth, a compelling imperative for addressing Abuse in Later Life.

Abuse in Later Life includes physical, psychological, sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Harassment and stalking may also be present. Older victims are abused by :

  • an intimate partner,
  • adult children
  • grandchildren
  • other family members
  • caregivers or persons in positions of authority

The majority of abuse is perpetrated by the victim’s family member or intimate partner.


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