Many people experience stress when providing care to people in need. Stress does not give anyone the right to become verbally, emotionally, or physically abusive. Caregivers can be friends, family, neighbors, spouses, or paid providers.


While care-giver stress is never an acceptable excuse for using abusive/controlling behaviors, it can happen in any care giving situation. Caregivers are responsible for taking measures to reduce and cope with stress that is impacts them personally, while maintaining a care-receiver's right to decide about the care/services they receive, and the environment in which they live.


RDVIC advocates can assist victims of care-giver abuse with counseling and support. If you are in a situation where your caregiver is abusing you, call RDVIC immediately at (304) 292-5100. We can help you get the assistance you need to stop the abuse.


Examples of Caregiver Abuse:

Verbal or mental

being made fun of or called names

blaming a care-receiver for making them feel stressed, overworked, and angry

preventing the care-receiver from answering questions or giving information about their needs

controlling the care-receiver with threats of physical harm.

threatening to prevent the person from doing what they need or want to do


keeping the care-receiver from friends, other caregivers, and spiritual leaders of their choice


providing care in a rough, hurtful manner

denying a care-receiver food, personal hygiene and medical care (meals, bathing, toileting, dressing, etc., medicine or medical care)

denying the use of equipment/devices that may increase independence (glasses, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.)

intimidating the care-receiver by throwing things, destroying personal belongings, or damaging property

pushing, shoving, slapping, or hitting

using weapons to intimidate or injure the care-receiver


Denying a care-receiver opportunities to increase independence or seek employment,.

Stealing from the care-receiver.


Agencies for Elder and Caregiver Abuse:

Adult Protection Services through Department of Health and Human Resources

(304) 285-3175

Local resources for senior citizens:

West Virginia Caregivers

Senior Monongalians, Inc.(304) 296-9812

Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living

The WVU Center on Aging.

WV Senior Legal Aid, Inc.

235 High Street #519

Morgantown WV 26505

(800) 229-5068 or (304) 296-0082


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