This ultimately informs prevention and intervention efforts.
Unfortunately, elder abuse has been 1) poorly or imprecisely defined, 2) defined specifically to reflect the unique statutes or conditions present in specific locations (e.g., states, counties, or cities), or 3) defined specifically for research purposes. Elder mistreatment: abuse, neglect, and exploitation in an aging America. Panel to review risk and prevalence of elder abuse and neglect.
(a) Definitions in this chapter apply to this title.(b) If, in another part of this title, a term defined by this chapter has a meaning different from the meaning provided by this chapter, the meaning of that other provision prevails.(c) Except as provided by this chapter, the definitions in Chapter 101 apply to terms used in this title.
"Court" means the district court, court of domestic relations, juvenile court having the jurisdiction of a district court, statutory county court, constitutional county court, or other court expressly given jurisdiction under this title.
Intention only applies to caregiver acts—not the consequences of those acts.
For example, a caregiver might intend to hit a child as punishment (i.e., hitting the child is not accidental or unintentional), but not intend to cause the child to have a concussion.
As a result, a set of universally accepted definitions does not exist. Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation: risk factors and prevention strategies.
(a) "Dating violence" means an act, other than a defensive measure to protect oneself, by an actor that:(1) is committed against a victim or applicant for a protective order:(A) with whom the actor has or has had a dating relationship; or(B) because of the victim's or applicant's marriage to or dating relationship with an individual with whom the actor is or has been in a dating relationship or marriage; and(2) is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the victim or applicant in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault.(b) For purposes of this title, "dating relationship" means a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
Child abuse and neglect is any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.
Words or overt actions that cause harm, potential harm, or threat of harm Acts of commission are deliberate and intentional; however, harm to a child might not be the intended consequence.
The following types of maltreatment involve acts of omission: See the following reference document for more detailed information: Leeb RT, Paulozzi L, Melanson C, Simon T, Arias I.
Child Maltreatment surveillance: uniform definitions for public health and recommended data elements, version 1.0.