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Elderly/dependent Adult Abuse

September 22, 1989|Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

ABUSED ELDERLY (1988) SEX Women: 72% Men: 28% RACE White: 72% Latino: 7% Other: 21% AGE 65-74: 29% 75-84: 47% 85 and older: 24% MAJOR TYPES OF ABUSE Neglect: 30% Physical: 18% Other *: 52% * Suffer financial or emotional abuse or physically abuse themselves ABUSED DEPENDENT ADULTS (1988)

Includes adults 18 and older who have physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out normal activities or protect their rights.

SEX Women: 76% Men: 24% RACE White: 74% Latino: 10% Other: 16% MAJOR TYPES OF ABUSE Neglect: 17% Physical: 31% Sexual: 13% Other *: 39% * Suffer financial or emotional abuse or physically abuse themselves


50% of cases involve females, 47% involve males and 3% involve both

39% are abused by their children, 14% by spouses, 28% by significant others (other relatives or friends) and 19% by strangers AMONG THOSE ABUSING DEPENDENT ADULTS:

62% of cases involve males, 38% involve females

61% are 18-24 years old and are usually offspring; 15% are parents of dependent adults Source: Elderly Abuse Registry and Adult Protective Services.


The Orange County Child Abuse Registry maintains a 24-hour hot line for anyone wishing to report suspected instances of child abuse.

The number is: (714) 285-1948

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