If you saw someone punch a disabled person with a closed fist on a street corner, most people would call the police. But when it happens behind the closed door of a nursing home, the response tends to be less clear-cut.
At least that’s what staff attorneys from Disability Rights California found in a report that explores 12 cases of abuse against elderly or disabled people in California nursing homes. The nonprofit advocacy group's report is called "Victimized Twice: Abuse of nursing home residents, No criminal accountability for perpatrators."
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Elder Abuse Often Treated as Personal Issue Instead of a Crime
Victimized Twice: Abuse of Nursing Home Residents, No Criminal Accountability for Perpetrators