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 Featured Issue

What is Elder Abuse?

·      What Is Elder Abuse

·      What Are the Warning Signs

·      Resources and Links

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or “trusted others.”

In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws. Laws and definitions of terms vary considerably from one state to another, but broadly defined, abuse may be:

·      Physical Abuse - inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.

·      Sexual Abuse - non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.

·      Neglect - the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.

·      Exploitation - the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else's benefit.

·      Emotional Abuse - inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.

·      Abandonment - desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.




·      Self-neglect – characterized as the failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety.

What are the warning signs of elder abuse?

While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs that there could be a problem are:

·      Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.

·      Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.

·      Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.

·      Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.

·      Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.

·      Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.

·      Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.

Most importantly, be alert. The suffering is often in silence. If you notice changes in a senior’s personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on.

Remember, it is not your role to verify that abuse is occurring, only to alert others of your suspicions.


National Elder Abuse Incidence Study

Domestic Violence in Later Life

What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation?

National Center on Elder Abuse

Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation program




Vision Statement

“To serve with professionalism and to hold ourselves responsible and accountable to the citizens of New Hanover County.”


Mission Statement

“To serve and protect the citizens of New Hanover County with integrity and enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America.”


“Professionalism, Responsibility and Accountability”


The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is the principal law enforcement agency of New Hanover County, providing service to 202,667 people within 185 square miles. The Sheriff's Office patrols the county, investigates crimes, apprehends criminals, and provides custody or control for arrested defendants, both pre-trial and sentenced. The Sheriff is responsible for courtroom security, service of civil process, transportation of prisoners and mental patients, and service of criminal papers.

Mission Statement

The mission of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is to protect the citizens of New Hanover County through enforcement of civil and criminal laws, operation of a professional and secure detention facility, outstanding public service with integrity and upholding the constitutionality of the Office of Sheriff.


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Sheriff's Office Using Social Media Communication




The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is embracing social media.  You can now find us on facebook, follow us on Twitter and obtain news and information on our Blog.  To be more transparent, Sheriff McMahon has encouraged the use of these services to enhance communication between the Sheriff's Office and the public.


The NHSO Facebook pages offers fans the opportunity to see what is going on in your sheriff's office.  Media releases, photos, videos and upcoming community oriented programs will be posted by the Public Information Office.  Twitter will be used relay instant updates and information. 


Access the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry

Sex offender registration information is made available for the purposes of protecting the public, for keeping them informed and for allowing them to take proactive measures to ensure safety in your community. Click the link below to obtain more information about the registry, search the registry and sign-up for email and/or telephone alerts.