Violence and Injury Prevention

Elder abuse

UN Photo/Gaston Guarda

Between 4-6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment in the home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. It is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations

WHO’s work to address the problem of elder maltreatment promotes the use of science-based approaches to better understand the magnitude and consequences; causes, and what works to prevent such violence, and to mitigate the harm suffered by victims.

Publications and campaign materials

Elder abuse: The health sector role in prevention and response
European report on elder maltreatment
The Toronto Declaration on the prevention of elder abuse (2002)
World report on violence and health
Missing voices: views of older people on elder abuse
A global response to elder abuse and neglect: Building primary health care capacity to deal with the problem world
Discussing screening for elder abuse at primary health care level