European council of legal medicine (ECLM) guidelines for the examination of suspected elder abuse

E. Keller, C. Santos, D. Cusack, M. Väli, D. Ferrara, B. Ludes, P. Mangin, J. J. Payne-James, D. N. Vieira

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Abstract

Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (adopted in Nice on 7 December 2000) recognizes and respects the rights of older people to lead a life of dignity and independence and to participate in social and cultural life. It also highlights the importance of prevention and recognition of elder abuse, especially since exposure to violence is likely as the population ages, either in familial or in institutional settings. Elder abuse has some issues in common with child abuse but in spite of this fact currently is less recognized. Health professionals have a major role to play in early detection and management of cases of elder abuse. This protocol summarizes some key concepts and approaches to assist in the timely detection and investigation of elder abuse cases by healthcare professionals and forensic practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Volume133
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 14 2019

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Keywords

  • Elder abuse
  • European council of legal medicine
  • Forensic medical report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Keller, E., Santos, C., Cusack, D., Väli, M., Ferrara, D., Ludes, B., Mangin, P., Payne-James, J. J., & Vieira, D. N. (2019). European council of legal medicine (ECLM) guidelines for the examination of suspected elder abuse. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 133(1), 317-322. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00414-018-1880-y