While congress considers (and passes) legislation to fight elder mistreatment, most legal action occurs at the state level through state Adult Protection Service laws, often imposing criminal liability on elder mistreatment. Mandatory or voluntary reporting laws apply in many states. The National Research Council Report recommends enhanced research on the effectiveness of various interventions, and recommends that researchers be exempt from reporting requirements.
Kapp, Marshall B.
"Book Review: Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in An Aging America,"
Marquette Elder's Advisor:
1, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/elders/vol5/iss1/10