Interested to take action in solidarity with the abused and abandoned? Abuse, sadly, comes in many forms, including physical, mental/emotional/psychological, sexual, and verbal. Domestic violence refers to either harm or the fear of harm, from a domestic partner. Both men and women can be victims of such abuse. Elder abuse includes both knowing or unintentional neglect of an elder by a caregiver or another person. According to the Administration on Aging, “Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited.” Abuse is not just a matter of injury; the terror, too, can be debilitating, when ongoing, and can result in post-traumatic stress. According to the statistics at ChildHelp.org, over three million reports are made of child abuse annually in the United States alone. Many cases go unreported. Children who survive abuse and do not get the help they need to overcome their past are more at risk for unprotected sex, criminal behavior, and abusive behavior towards their own children. It is said that abuse is most often found where love and justice are absent. A helpful list of warning signs to identify a potential victim of abuse, as well as spot abuse tactics, is available at helpguide.org.
The following links are resources to help the victims of domestic violence and elder abuse (whether male or female).
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – USA
- National Domestic Violence Hotline ndvh.org / CRISIS LINE 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
- Oakland, CA A Safe Place – www.asafeplacedvs.org / CRISIS LINE 510-536-7233 (SAFE)
- Chicago, IL Sarah’s Circle – helping women rebuild their lives, serving women who are homeless or at risk
- AUSTRALIA: National Domestic Violence Hotline 1800 200 526
- CANADA National Domestic Violence HotlineCRISIS LINE 1-800-363-9010
- UK Women’s Aid CRISIS LINE 0808 2000 247.
FOR MEN AND WOMEN
- USA Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men & Women / CRISIS LINE 1-888-743-5754 (7HELPLINE)
- UK ManKind Initiative / CRISIS LINE 01823 334244
- AUSTRALIA One in Three Campaign
- The National Center on Elder Abuse is a government website that includes help locator, reporting tools and other resources.
- The University of California at Irvine School of Medicine also has a Center on Elder Abuse and Neglect.
- The National Association of Attorneys General offers an article on elder guardianship.
- Children of the Night – Los Angeles, CA – rescuing children otherwise abandoned to the nightmare of child prostitution
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
- How to Avoid and Detect Elder Fraud (A guide for older people, carers and relatives) by Jon Watson – shared with permission (Thanks, Jon!)
 Per Dr. Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night. She adds that, while not all runaways and throwaways have experienced abuse, many have. The street isn’t the ideal place to grow up, and children often end up there after having experienced abuse.