Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse

Katherine, 82, raised two grandsons, Joel and Kent. They had physically abused her since they were teenagers. After 12 years in prison, Joel returned to his grandmother's home because he had nowhere to go. One night Joel came home and was drunk. He banged on the door but Katherine told Joel to go away. After he entered the house through a back window, Joel beat his grandmother. Katherine went to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Joel was arrested and Katherine was taken to the hospital. The police contacted Adult Protective Services (APS).
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Adult Grandsons

Did this happen to you or someone you know?

  1. Has anyone hit, kicked, bit, slapped, or thrown things at you?
  2. Has anyone held or tied you down, or locked you in a room or building?
  3. Has anyone shaken, pinched, or burned you?
  4. Has anyone physically hurt you so that you suffered some injury, such as cuts, bruises, or other marks? 
  5. Has anyone pushed, shoved, or grabbed you?
  6. Has anyone used a knife or gun on you?
  7. Has anyone not allowed you to go the bathroom?      
  8. Has anyone given you too much or too little medication?  

Warning signs of physical abuse include:

  • Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations, or rope marks
  • Bone fractures, broken bones, or skull fractures
  • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing
  • Sprains, dislocations, or internal injuries/bleeding
  • Broken eyeglasses/frames, physical signs of being subjected to punishment, or signs of being restrained
  • Laboratory findings of medication overdose or under-utilization of prescribed drugs
  • An elder's report of being hit, slapped, kicked, or mistreated
  • An elder's sudden change in behavior
  • The caregiver's refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone


To read all Physical Elder Abuse stories, visit the Abuse Stories page.

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