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Elder abuse is a social and political issue – and a crime. Although there is no uniform global definition of elder abuse, the most common definition used is that adopted by the World Health Organisation: "A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person." Elder abuse may be intentional or unintentional and can take a variety of forms, including financial, physical, physiological and sexual.
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