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Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The NCEA resource line "serves as a public access point for people seeking information and resources about elder abuse," he said.
Counseling and assistance for victims of elder abuse in accessing healthcare, educational, pension, or other benefits for which seniors may be eligible under law
When the bill first passed the House in April, the family stated, "In many cases, elder abuse and neglect remain a hidden problem because of the various limitations that come with age.
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
It has been campaigning to make elder abuse a recognised hate crime and official consultations on this will begin in January.
"Elder abuse is happening in our country and sadly, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence.
Lesley Carcary, Director, Action on Elder Abuse Scotland
The Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) is free and available 24/7 to anyone who needs support--whether they are experiencing abuse, witness it, or are worried about an older person.
Results: The pooled prevalences of elder abuse were 10.0% (95% confidence interval, 5.2%-18.6%) and 34.3% (95% confidence interval, 22.9%-47.8%) in population-based studies and third party--or caregiver-reported studies, respectively.
Differing definitions have led to research findings, policy responses, and programs and practices that may appear contradictory and confusing to those not familiar with the field of elder abuse and neglect (13).
Elder Abuse and Nursing: What Nurses Need to Know and Can Do About It