DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: D.C. Code § 6-2501 (2001)

Abuse” means intentional or reckless infliction of serious physical pain or injury; use or threatened use of violence to force participation in sexual conduct; repeated intentional imposition of unreasonable confinement, resulting in severe mental distress; repeated use of threats or violence, resulting in shock or an intense, expressed fear for one’s life or of serious physical injury; or intentional or deliberately indifferent deprivation of essential food, shelter, or health care in violation of a caregiver’s responsibilities, when that deprivation constitutes a serious threat to one’s life or physical health.

Neglect” includes (a) the repeated, careless infliction of serious physical pain or injury; (b) the repeated failure of a caregiver to take reasonable steps, within the purview of his or her responsibilities, to protect against acts of abuse; (c) the repeated, careless imposition of unreasonable confinement, resulting in severe mental distress; or (d) the careless deprivation of essential food, shelter, or health care in violation of a caregiver’s responsibilities, when that deprivation constitutes a serious threat to one’s life or physical health.

Exploitation” means the unlawful appropriation or use of another’s property for one’s own benefit or that of a third person.

Adult in need of protective services” means an individual aged 18 or older who is: highly vulnerable to abuse, neglect, or exploitation, because of a physical or mental impairment; being or has recently been abused, neglected, or exploited by another; and likely to continue being abused, neglected, or exploited by others because he or she has no one willing and able to provide adequate protection.

Caregiver” means a person that, by law, contract, court order, or voluntary action, is charged with or has assumed the responsibility for an adult’s essential food, shelter, or health care needs.

FLORIDA: Fla. Stat. § 415.102 (2000); Fla. Stat. § 825.102 (2001)

Abuse” under § 415.102: Willful act or threatened act that causes or is likely to cause significant impairment to a vulnerable adult’s physical, mental, or emotional health. Abuse includes acts and omissions.



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