When the Guardian is the Abuser

Source: National Center on Law and Elder Abuse

Published: 2019

Summary:

Courts name guardians to protect adults from abuse, neglect, or exploitation; however, in some circumstances, guardians are perpetrators of such actions. Guardians wield immense power over adults in their care. More information is needed on the extent and consequences of abuse by guardians. However, recent media reports, as well as reports by the Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Background Briefs by the National Center for State Courts, highlight egregious cases in which guardians have taken advantage of their positions. What can an advocate do when a guardian becomes an abuser?

In this webcast, we will cover the following on abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation by family or nonprofessional and professional guardians:
• Case examples
• Detection
• Reporting
• Court response and intervention
• Finding systemic solutions

Presenters:
• Dari Pogach, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
• Erica Wood, Assistant Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
• Jim Berchtold, Attorney, Consumer Rights Project, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Recording 

Power Point 

Chapter Summary 

Link: When the Guardian is the Abuser

Topics: Caregiving, Legal, Reporting, Screening/Assessment

Access: Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning

Audience: Legal/Law Enforcement, Multidisciplinary, Social Services

Level: Basic, Intermediate

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