What Is Elder Abuse?
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What Is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is the intentional, knowing, or negligent act of a person that causes harm or serious risk of harm to an elderly person.
What Are the Types of Elder Abuse?
The specific types of abuse vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but they often include:
- Sexual abuse: Any non-consensual sexual contact.
- Physical abuse: Inflicting any type of physical pain or injury. This includes bruising, slapping, or restraining using a chemical substance or physical means.
- Emotional abuse: Inflicting any type of distress, mental pain, or anguish on an elderly person. This can be verbal or non-verbal actions, such as threatens, humiliation, or intimidation.
- Exploitation: Any unlawful or illegal misuse, taking, or concealment of assets, money, or property for the person’s benefit.
- Neglect: A failure of a responsible party to provide the elderly individual shelter, food, health car, or protection.
- Abandonment: Desertion an elderly individual by the person responsible for his care.
What About Financial Elder Abuse?
Financial abuse of the elderly can be done by anyone, even those who are not in charge of taking care of the elderly person. It is a financial scam that involves tricking an elderly person into giving up property, money or assets. Typically, undue influence is used to scam people using a fraudulent:
- Need for home repairs
- Investment opportunities
Another type of financial fraud is elderly consumer fraud. This form of elder abuse targets an elderly person by deceiving them with the promise of services or goods they will never receive. The deception includes:
- Fake loans
- Telemarketing scams
- Fake home prizes
- Fraudulent automobile repairs
- Fake funeral, health and life insurance
- Mail fraud
Mail fraud involves mailing the scams to the elderly.
What Are the Criminal Penalties for Abuse of the Elderly?
The specific penalty depends on the jurisdiction where the charges were brought. Depending on the jurisdiction, a person convicted of elder abuse can also be convicted of battery, assault, theft, fraud, or rape.
Should I Talk to an Attorney about Being Charged with Elder Abuse?
Yes. Elder abuse is a serious charge. Depending on the situation, you may face criminal and civil penalties. Contact a criminal law attorney to understand more about your case and how to proceed.
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Last Modified: 11-22-2016 09:12 AM PST
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