Growing Prevalence of Elder Abuse Elder abuse is a growing epidemic in the United States, impacting 1 out of every 10 Americans ages 60 and older who live at home.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of elder abuse is likely much higher, as many cases go unreported.For New Jersey victims of elder abuse, a recent court decision comes as welcome news.In a precedential decision, Ocean County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones ruled that they can rely on state's Domestic Violence Prevention Act to obtain restraining orders.In 1880, the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7.
The University believes and encourages the victim of any sex misconduct should seek assistance and immediately contact the police. If a victim reports the conduct to any professional staff member of Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, or to a member of the clergy, the communication is considered privileged and cannot be shared without the victim’s permission.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Act The New Jersey legislature passed the Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 1991 to provide victims with both civil and criminals protections.
The statute applies to a person 18 years of age or older (or an emancipated minor) that has been subjected to domestic violence by a spouse, former spouse, or any other person who is a present or former household member. S., a 73-year-old New Jersey women sought a restraining order against her son under the Domestic Violence Protection Act.
Medical treatment is also available to assist in the preservation of evidence.
This is done through a rape kit done by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).