Child Abuse And Spousal Abuse

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A term that is quite often used in today’s society is family violence, more specifically child abuse and spousal abuse. A term that is not heard often is elder abuse, which is unfortunate due to the fact that it is a fairly common occurrence. It was estimated that in 2009, one in ten elderly Americans were victims of elder abuse within the previous year (Acierno, 2010). Even though elder abuse is prevalent here in America, it is seldom that this phenomenon is actually discussed. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there are seven types of elder abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, self-neglect, and abandonment” (Fischer, 2012, p. 102). “The American Medical Association defines elder abuse and/or neglect as ‘an act of commission or omission that results in harm or threatened harm to the health or welfare of an older adult’ whether intentional or unintentional” (Read, 2016, p. 32). In the 1950’s, “public welfare officials were faced with an increasing number of older persons who were unable to manage on their own and began to develop a new approach to providing services, which they called ‘protective service units’” (Bonnie & Wallace, 2003, p. 238). Due to their interest, “Congress passed legislation, as part of the Social Security Act, providing funds to the states” (Bonnie & Wallace, 2003, p. 239) in order to set up these protective service units. “In 1974, Congress amended the Social Security Act,…

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