Presentation: ToanFoeng Tham

ToanFoeng Tham (Dental Medicine) was an invited speaker and presenter on "Legal and Ethical Issues in Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse." In the presentation he talked about forms of abuse, including neglect, exploitation, and isolation as well as intervention strategies to stop elder abuse, such as reporting, investigating, intervening, and prosecuting. The presentation also reviewed instances of suspected domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. This included items such as how to report abuse and penalties for failing to report abuse. Reasons dentists and dental professions choose not to report can include lack of training, time, fear it will increase violence, and/or fear it will create concerns that negatively influence the patient-provider relationship. Some victims do not want to report because of fear of greater violence. Immigrant victims may fear deportation or other legal ramifications

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