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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

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Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the different definitions of elder abuse and provides estimates of its extent. It examines the current legal approach to the issue: through the private law remedies; the response of the criminal law; and the inspection regime for care homes. It emphasises the lack of a scheme of public law protection of the kind that is available in respect of children who are suffering abuse. The chapter looks at the causes of elder abuse in institutional and private settings. It also considers the difficult issues that can arise where the older person does not want protective legal intervention.

Keywords:   violence, neglect, care homes, care proceedings, inspections, autonomy, gender, sexual abuse

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