Is elder abuse a punishable crime?

Nursing home abuse civil law suits

Nursing home abuse civil law suitsAlthough laws vary from state to state, in most states there are several laws that address criminal penalties for various types of elder abuse.

Some states have increased penalties for those who victimize older adults. Increasingly, across the country, law enforcement officers and prosecutors are trained on elder abuse and how to use criminal and civil laws to bring abusers to justice.

Read about state elder abuse laws, important legal issues, and how to access the laws in our Laws Section of Library.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, National Center On Elder Abuse

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