Elder Abuse and Elder Financial Exploitation Statutes

The federal government, states, commonwealths, territories and the District of Columbia all have laws designed to protect older adults from elder abuse and guide the practice of adult protective services agencies, law enforcement agencies, and others. These laws vary considerably from state to state.
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Civil Financial Exploitation
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 27-7-16  (2015)

CHAPTER 27.  PUBLIC ASSISTANCE 

ARTICLE 7.  ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

§ 27-7-16.  Definitions

I. "exploitation" means an unjust or improper use of an adult's money or property for another person's profit or advantage, pecuniary or otherwise;      


C. "adult" means a person eighteen years of age or older;

Civil Elder Abuse
N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 27-7-14  through 27-7-31 (2017)

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 27-7-16  (2017)

New Mexico Statutes Annotated  Chapter 27  Public Assistance  Article 7  Adult Protective Services

B. "abuse" means:         (1) knowingly, intentionally or negligently and without justifiable cause inflicting physical pain, injury or mental anguish;         (2) the intentional deprivation by a caretaker or other person of services necessary to maintain the mental and physical health of an adult; or         (3) sexual abuse, including criminal sexual contact, incest and criminal sexual penetration;

     I. "exploitation" means an unjust or improper use of an adult's money or property for another person's profit or advantage, pecuniary or otherwise;

    N. "neglect" means the failure of the caretaker of an adult to provide for the basic needs of the adult, such as clothing, food, shelter, supervision and care for the physical and mental health of that adult; "neglect" includes self-neglect;