Wisconsin's Individual-at-Risk Restraining Order: An Analysis of the First Thirty Months
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
University of Wisconsin Law School
Jane A. Raymond
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
The Elder Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall 2010
Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1152
Elders and people with disabilities often find themselves victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Recognizing the breadth of this problem, Wisconsin legislators amended state statutes on restraining orders to help protect these populations from individuals demonstrating the effectiveness of the Wisconsin law in protecting elders and people with disabilities. In particular, this study looks into the atypical provisions in the Wisconsin law allowing a person other than the individual at risk to file a petition for restraining order and permitting the petition to be filed to enjoin financial exploitation, emotional abuse, and mistreatment of animals. While noting the many successes and benefits brought about by the individual-at-risk restraining order, this Article also addresses the challenges in its implementation, including performance of guardians ad litem, judicial understanding of the law, and enforcement. Consequently, the authors make several recommendations to strengthen the law and improve practice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: abuse, elders, individual-at-risk, courts, restraining order, injunction, study
JEL Classification: K36, K42
Date posted: January 31, 2011
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