Chapter 12 Introduction


People have the right to be free from all abuse. This includes both physical and emotional abuse. They also have a right to live free from discrimination and from crime. Moreover, they should be protected from neglect, intimidation, and financial exploitation. Older adults can be especially vulnerable to violations of their personal and legal rights. They may need extra protections.

Older adults need effective ways of asserting their rights when they experience harm. Government agencies must provide vigorous enforcement of civil rights. It is equally important that people are able to seek redress through the courts when their rights are violated.