Any senior can become a victim of elder abuse regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income or education.
There is limited data about elder abuse in British Columbia, and throughout Canada. A key reason is that many cases of elder abuse go unreported. However, various studies estimate that around eight per cent of older adults in B.C. are likely to experience abuse, but some experts believe that the figure is much higher because more that 80% of the abuse is never reported.
Shame or guilt may stop a senior from revealing their abuse. Sometimes victims simply do not have the capacity to report it. Whether a victim is unable or unwilling, some of the barriers to revealing elder abuse include: fear; love for the abuser; lack of understanding or impairment; unaware of resource options; or acceptance of abuse or neglect as normal.
For further information on elder abuse, please check our other website dedicated to elder abuse. www.diversitybc.ca