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Mandatory Reporting

Mandatory reporting statutes require individuals to report certain injuries or cases of abuse or neglect to law enforcement, social services, and/or a regulatory agency.  The most common mandatory reporting laws address child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, gunshot wounds, and abuse of vulnerable adults (e.g., persons 18 years or older that are unable to report abuse and/or protect themselves from further harm). 

The individuals who are mandated to report elder abuse vary by jurisdiction, as do the particular kinds of injuries or neglect that must be reported and about whom reports must be made.

Below are some resources on mandatory reporting.

  • Sexual Abuse in Later Life
    An article addressing sexual assault in later life and focusing specifically on the victimization of elders that occurs in the context of intimate partner violence, incest, and care facilities. Sexual Assault Report, Volume 12, Number 6. July/August 2009. By Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D. and Bonnie Brandl, MSW, 2009.