Who can file for an order of protection for the elderly?
Any elderly person (age 60 or older) who has been a victim of abuse or any other crime in the Puerto Rico Penal Code can apply for an order of protection without the need to file a police report or criminal charges. When the judge determines that there is sufficient reason to believe that the petitioner has been a victim of abuse or of any other crime, s/he can issue an order of protection.1
In addition, the elderly person can apply for an order of protection through someone else, including a police officer or public employee, if the elderly person cannot go to court to file the order for any of the following reasons:
- s/he suffers from a physical or mental disability;
- in case of emergency; or
- when the person is prevented from apply for him/herself.1
1 8 L.P.R.A. § 1519