Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any act of violence or rough handling that may or may not result in physical injury but causes physical discomfort or pain.

Physical abuse can be:

  • Pushing, kicking, shoving, shaking
  • Hitting, slapping, poking
  • Pulling hair, biting, pinching, arm twisting
  • Spitting at someone
  • Confining or restraining a person inappropriately

Elder Abuse – Physical Abuse of Seniors

How Do I Recognize Physical Abuse?

Indicators of physical abuse include:

  • Unexplained injuries such as broken bones, bruises, bumps, cuts, grip marks
  • Discrepancies between injury and explanation from the senior
  • Unusual patterns of injuries
  • Seen by different doctors or hospitals
  • Bruising and abrasions

Signs of physical abuse

  • Signs of under/over medication
  • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries
  • Sprains, dislocations, internal injuries
  • Broken eyeglasses
  • Signs of being restrained

Learn more about elder abuse:   Financial  |  Psychological  |  Physical  |  Sexual  |  Elder Neglect  |  Systemic

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