ARIZONA: A.R.S. § 46-451 (2000); A.R.S. § 13-3623 (2001)

Abuse” under § 46-451 and § 13-3623 means the intentional infliction of physical harm; injury caused by negligent acts or omissions; unreasonable confinement; sexual abuse or sexual assault.

Defined separately under § 13-3623: Emotional abuse means a pattern of ridiculing or demeaning a vulnerable adult, making derogatory remarks to a vulnerable adult, verbally harassing a vulnerable adult, or threatening to inflict physical or emotional harm on a vulnerable adult. Physical injury means the impairment of physical condition and includes any skin bruising, pressure sores, bleeding, failure to thrive, malnutrition, dehydration, burns, fracture of any bone, subdural hematoma, soft tissue swelling, injury to any internal organ, or any physical condition that imperils health or welfare.

Neglect” under § 46-451 means a pattern of conduct without the person’s informed consent resulting in deprivation of food, water, medication, medical services, shelter, cooling, heating, or other services necessary to maintain minimum physical or mental health.

Exploitation” under § 46-451 means the illegal or improper use of an incapacitated or vulnerable adult or his resources for another’s profit or advantage.

Vulnerable adult” under § 46-451 and § 13-3623 means an individual who is 18 years of age or older who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by others because of a physical or mental impairment.

ARKANSAS: A.C.A. § 5-28-101 (2001)

Abuse” means any intentional or unnecessary physical act which inflicts pain on or causes injury to endangered or impaired adult, including sexual abuse; or any intentional or demeaning act which subjects an endangered or impaired adult to ridicule; or psychological injury in manner likely to provoke fear or harm.

Defined separately: Sexual abuse means deviate sexual activity, sexual contact, or sexual intercourse, as those terms are defined in § 5-14-101, with another person who is not the actor’s spouse and who is incapable of



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