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September 28, 2017

What is the legal definition of abuse?

Under Maine law, a person who is 60 years of age or older, or a dependent adult, or an incapacitated adult can file for a protection from abuse order against an extended family member or an unpaid care provider.1  Under these circumstances, abuse means that the extended family member or unpaid caregiver did one of the following:

  • caused you injury;
  • unreasonably confined you (for example, tying you to a bed);
  • used intimidation or cruel punishment that caused or is likely to cause you physical harm/pain or mental anguish;
  • financially exploited you (used deception, intimidation, undue influence, force or other unlawful means to get control over your property to benefit the abuser or someone else);
  • sexually abused you or sexually exploited you; or
  • deprived you of your essential needs (e.g., withheld food, medicine, etc.).2

1 ME ST T. 19-A § 4005(1)
2 ME ST T. 22 § 3472(1),(9-A)