State Elder Abuse Statutes

State Elder Abuse Statutes

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State Statutes Relevant To Elder Abuse Cases

The federal government and states, the District of Columbia, and some territories all have statutes to protect older adults from physical abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and abandonment. On this page you will find different types of state statutes related to elder abuse.



State Statute Topics

APS (Civil) Elder Abuse Definitions

APS Reporting

Civil and Criminal Financial Exploitation

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly Legislative Activity

Consumer Protection

 

Elder Abuse in Institutional Settings

Power of Attorney

Adult Guardianship

Native American Elder Justice

Statutory Review of Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams and/or Information Sharing  

Alternative Charges 

APS (Civil) Elder Abuse Definitions

Civil elder abuse statutes guide the practice of adult protective services (APS) agencies, the entity in each state designated to receive and respond to reports of elder abuse. This document provides types of abuse defined in adult protective services statutes. 

 

APS Reporting

The chart in this document summarizes laws on reporting of maltreatment to adult protective services (APS) in each state.

 

Civil & Criminal Financial Exploitation Statutes

Civil financial exploitation statutes are typically part of the larger body of adult protective services law and determine, among other things, who is eligible for protection. Financial exploitation is a criminal offense in many, but not all, states. States vary in how they define financial exploitation and what penalties are associated with the offense.

 

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly Legislative Activity

The National Conference of State Legislatures annually compiles new legislative activity (proposed or passed) specifically related to financial exploitation.  Scroll down their webpage to find the most recent legislative activity.

 

Consumer Protection

This webpage provides consumer protection laws for each state, the District of Columbia, and territories.

 

Elder Abuse in Institutional Settings

The chart in this document contains citations to state statutes that authorize or create adult protective services (APS), institutional abuse and Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) programs in each state.

 

Power of Attorney

This document contains information on various aspects of power of attorney law.  Stetson University also compiles power of attorney statutes.

 

Adult Guardianship

Guardianship is when an individual has legal authority for the care of another’s property or person, a relationship governed by state law. This document contains a table of state guardianship laws. 

 

Native American Elder Justice

Indigenous peoples are sovereign and therefore are governed by different sets of laws. A list of laws specific to Native Americans is maintained by The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative.

 

Statutory Review of Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams and/or Information Sharing

This document contains a list of state statutes related to elder abuse multidisciplinary teams and information sharing. 

 

Alternative Charges

For each type of elder abuse, this document lists alternative charges to consider.


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