Missouri Legal Update
2019 Lesson 16: Elder Abuse Investigations – Part 1
This is part one of a three-part online technical skills course focused on elder abuse investigations. Part one section one provides an overview of elder abuse and relevant definitions of elder abuse from Missouri’s mandatory reporter laws and from the Missouri criminal code. It includes numerous examples from actual cases showing different forms of elder abuse. It describes the main types of elder abuse. Section one further addresses risk factors for victimization, special vulnerabilities faced by women, and common traits of abusers. It also describes the complex relationships that sometimes exist between victims and abusers and the impact of elder abuse.
Part one section two examines common aspects of aging and how aging may impact elder abuse investigations. It provides tips on interviewing older adults.
Part one section three describes the signs of elder physical abuse, provides case studies of elder physical abuse, and gives suggested interview questions.
Part one section four describes the signs of elder sexual abuse, provides case studies of elder sexual abuse, and gives suggested interview questions.