|Seniors Personal Safety|
hit, slap or push you
don?t give you food, medicine or the care you need to keep well
take or control your money, your house or your possessions
threaten or hurt you, or to not take care of you
don?t let you see your family or friends
call you names or make you feel badly about yourself
You may be abused by:
a member of your family
someone you have paid to take care of you
It is hard when someone close to you is treating you badly. You may still love that person:
you may feel confused
you may feel sad
you may feel it is your fault
you may feel afraid
you may feel betrayed
you may feel angry
It is hard to talk about it, but talking helps. There is no need for you to be hurt.
Letting the abuse continue does not help you or your loved one.
You will not lose control over your life if you talk about it
Nothing will happen unless you want it to. There are choices.
The first step is to talk about it.
Tell the abuser to stop; tell them if you are scared or hurt
Tell someone you trust
Keep telling until someone helps
Call to find out what you can do
Let someone help you make decisions
If you are not ready to change things yet:
Call someone when you just need to talk or get advice.
If needed, keep emergency numbers with you at all times.
Think about what you will do the next time it happens.
Keep in touch with someone who can help you find out what to do or ask them to call you.