Perspectives of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: As stated, special training on how the police can recognize exploitation and interact with elderly victims is often insufficient. Yet even a trained and timely response can still be hindered by inherent investigative pitfalls. The elderly are referred to as "silent victims," not only because their victimization goes unreported,but also because they are unable or unwilling to provide witness to the crime to complete a criminal investigation.
States have many regulatory and criminal laws that are designed to protect the elderly population. For example, Florida law makes it a felony to abuse, neglect, or exploit an elderly or disabled person; a special law automatically upgrades the criminal penalty for anyone who commits battery on a person 65-years of age or older. Besides mandatory reporting laws, there are state agencies that license, regulate and enforce all the professions that provide services to the elderly.
Public Perception: Because exploitation is misunderstood, those who witness it either do the wrong thing or nothing at all to prevent it.
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