Elder Abuse and the Law

Elder Abuse and the Law

Topics include:

Compulsory Reporting Defamation
Duty of Care Vicarious Liability
Freedom of Choice Mandatory Reporting
Confidentiality Elder Abuse and Crime

The law applies to all people all of the time. It can seem complex and overwhelming. However advice and assistance is available, as listed in the resources section of this site.

The information in this section will assist you as a first step to think through and clarify legal issues in situations of abuse. Remember that the various aspects of law need to be considered together, for they are related. For example, whilst upholding an older person's right to confidentiality, also consider Compulsory Reporting, Freedom of Choice and Duty of Care.

Click here for important information about Compulsory Reporting of Sexual and Physical Assault