Power and Control Wheel for Elder Abuse
This is the Power and Control Wheel for Elders. You can use the wheel to identify tactics an abuser is using to maintain power and control over their victim. If you are noticing a pattern of abusive behaviors that are impacting the way your client thinks, feels, or acts, they are probably a victim of abuse. Abusers will often minimize the impact of their behaviors, deny that they have done such things, and blame their abuse on the victim, stress, alcohol, drugs, and other factors. One excuse they may give for their actions is caregiver stress.
Caregiver stress is a risk factor for abuse and neglect of older adults. The demands of daily care and support for even a more independent older person can cause significant caregiver stress. Abusive behavior is sometimes blamed on resulting frustration and anger. However, caregiver stress does not excuse abusive behavior. Abuse is always a choice. Many times the abuser of older adults need their victims for transportation, housing, financial assistance, and more.3 This can make such situations unique as both the victim and abuser may need the other to help fulfill their needs.
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