Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Intimate Partner Abuse of Older Adults

Intimate partner abuse of older adults happens all too often and is frequently not identified by victims themselves or the people around them.  Abuse of older adults is generally defined as physical, sexual and emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and abandonment of an older person.1  Of reported abuse cases of older adults in NYS the abuser was an adult child almost 40% of the time and a spouse or partner 26% of the time.2


  1. Assessing for Abuse in Later Life National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, 2004, pg. 2.
  2. Under the Radar, New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, 2011, pg. 44.