In the United States, each and every state has laws concerning the abuse of elderly people. There is a system in place that allows for the reporting of abuse and for the investigation of said abuse. In many states, victims have a civil cause of action they can use to seek compensation and a remedy to the situation.
In Virginia, the abuse of an elderly person is a crime. If someone you love has been abused in a nursing home, you'll need to report the abuse to the state's adult protective services agency. You may also want to report the abuse to the nursing home itself and then speak with a legal representative. If the allegations are founded on facts, then the state's agencies will respond to them by offering appropriate services to the victim. Some of those services may include counseling, special transportation services or placement in a new residential setting.