The key to a culturally sensitive response to elder abuse is respect for cultural diversity, values and preferences. It is essential that no assumptions are made regarding a particular culture or ethnic group. Cultural values and preferences may be clarified by asking respectful questions.

Be cognizant that culture affects how elder abuse is manifested, whether the abuse is disclosed and whether or not services are accepted. Culture defines family roles and responsibilities. Sometimes family expectations regarding care are a tremendous burden and a risk factor for abuse.

In order to provide an ethno-culturally sensitive response to elder abuse, it is essential to understand how culture may affect the risk of abuse, disclosure of abuse, and which services are acceptable.