Courts name guardians to protect adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation; however, in some circumstances, guardians are the perpetrators of such actions. Guardians wield immense power over adults in their care. More information is needed on the extent and consequences of abuse by professional and family/non-professional guardians. Recent government and media reports have highlighted egregious cases in which guardians have taken advantage of their positions. Anyone working with older adults or adults with disabilities should be aware of signs of guardianship abuse.
This Section explore the range of actions that can be taken to investigate and address abuse when the guardian is the abuser.