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Elder Abuse Web Site Offers Resources and Contacts
- November 7th, 2014
As our population ages, abuse of the elderly is becoming a growing problem. Elder abuse can take many forms: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial or material exploitation, abandonment, or neglect.
If you suspect elder abuse, an outstanding resource for professionals and public alike is the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) website. Among other things, the site offers a state-by-state listing of toll-free numbers for reporting abuse, as well as information on elder abuse laws and an elder abuse listserv for professionals. The following is adapted from the NCEA site.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
Law Offices of John L. Laster
John Laster is a lawyer licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He limits his practice to wealth transfer planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, health care decision-making issues, estate administration and related tax, elder law and disability concerns. Listed in The Best Lawyers...
Margaret A. O'Reilly, PC
Margaret A. O’Reilly is an estate planning and elder law attorney with over thirty-five years of legal experience. Attorney O’Reilly graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. For over 15 y...
Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC
Jean Galloway Ball is certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation. She is a 1977 honors graduate of the National Law Center, George Washington University, and she did her undergraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. She is admitted to practice in Vir...
More than two-thirds of elder abuse perpetrators are family members of the victims, typically serving in a caregiving role and typically adult children. Caring for frail older people is a very difficult and stressful task. This is particularly true when older people are mentally or physically impaired, when the caregiver is ill-prepared for the task, or when the needed resources are lacking. Under these circumstances, the increased stress and frustration of a caregiver may lead to abuse or willful neglect. Researchers have found that abuse tends to occur when the stress level of the caregiver is heightened as a result of a worsening of the elder's impairment.
Adult children who abuse their parents frequently suffer from such problems as mental and emotional disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction, and financial difficulty. Because of these problems, these adult children are often dependent on the elders for their support. Abuse in these cases may be an inappropriate response by the children to the sense of their own inadequacies.
Most physical, sexual, and financial/material abuses are considered crimes in all states. In addition, certain emotional abuse and neglect cases are subject to criminal prosecution. In many states, crimes against persons older than 65 are special crimes carrying enhanced penalties.
When domestic elder abuse occurs, it can be addressed, provided it comes to the attention of authorities. In most jurisdictions, either Adult Protective Services (typically located within the human service agency), the Area Agency on Aging, or the county Department of Social Services is the agency that receives and investigate allegations of elder abuse and neglect. If the investigators find abuse or neglect, they make arrangements for services to help protect the victim.
For the NCEA website, click here.
Last Modified: 11/07/2014