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