Elder abuse is the mistreatment of an elderly person by someone known to the senior. This
includes financial abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Elder abuse happens
everywhere – in poor, middle class, and upper-income households. It is a problem that has
no demographic or ethnic boundaries. Since family members or close friends of the senior are
often the culprits of financial, physical, and emotional abuse, this abuse is often difficult to
discover and to accept.
The law provides protection to senior citizens and dependent adults who have been abused.
The law says that “abuse” is physical mistreatment, neglect, financial exploitation,
abandonment, isolation or simply denying things or services that someone needs to keep
from being hurt or experiencing pain.
An order of protection can be requested by the person who is being abused, his/her
conservator or a guardian ad-litem who is appointed by the court that issues the restraining
There is no fee for asking for an order from the court to request an order of protection.
To learn more about the different types of elder abuse see below. For more information on
filing for an order of protection and the steps required to get such an order click here.
Types of Abuse:
Physical abuse includes but is not limited to:
- Assault, battery.
- Assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury.
- Unreasonable physical constraint.
- Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water.
- Use of physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for:
o Convenience of the caregiver
o Any period beyond instruction
o Any purpose not authorized by the physician or surgeon
Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to:
- Sexual assault (including sexual battery)
- Rape in concert
- Oral copulation
- Penetration of a genital or anal opening by a foreign object
Financial exploitation is a situation in which a caretaker or any other person who is in
the care or custody of, or who stands in a position of trust to a resident takes,
secretes, or appropriates their money or property, to any use or purposes not in the
due and lawful execution of his or her trust. In the simplest terms, the person who is
acting as a caretaker unlawfully takes money or property of the resident. This also
includes a request for transfer of property by the resident that was not carried out.
Request for Orders to Stop Elder
or Dependent Adult Abuse
Confidential CLETS Information
(Domestic Violence, Civil
Harassment, Elder Abuse)
Notice of Hearing and Temporary
Restraining Order (CLETS-TEA or
Order After Hearing Restraining
Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse
(CLETS-EAR or EAF)
Proof of Personal Service-CLETS
and Civil Advisory
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