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Who Are The Perpetrators?

While anybody in a position of trust can potentially be a perpetrator of elder financial abuse, in the majority of cases (67%), the abuser is an adult child or spouse/partner. Other potential perpetrators include other relatives, for example a niece or nephew (24%), a friend (4%), or a home help assistant or professional caregiver (2%). Some of the common characteristics of perpetrators of elder financial abuse include:

  • They have a drug, alcohol and/or gambling addiction
  • They stand to inherit money from you in your Will
  • They have a violent history or personal problems associated with addiction
  • They have a criminal conviction
  • They have a history of a poor relationship with you or with other family members who stand to inherit money from you in your Will
  • They are often intimidating and/or aggressive
University College Dublin (UCD)National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP)Health Services Executive (HSE)Older People's Empowerment Network (OPEN)
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