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December 13, 2019

What is an order of protection for the elderly?

An order of protection for the elderly is an order issued by a court that tells an abuser to stop committing acts of abuse against an elderly person.1 An elderly person is considered someone aged 60 or older.2 An order can be issued when the judge determines that there is reason to believe that the person who is requesting the order has been the victim of physical, mental or psychological abuse, harassment, coercion, intimidation, emotional abuse, or any other crime.3 You can read the exact definitions of some of these forms of abuse (in Spanish) on our PR Statutes page.

1 8 L.P.R.A. § 1513(19)
2 8 L.P.R.A. § 1513(1)
3 8 L.P.R.A. § 1519