In 2011, a man in Santa Clara California was convicted of elder abuse and was sentenced to 17 years in jail. The case involved a 94-year-old woman who he forcibly raped. In a situation such as this, there may be criminal and civil liability that come into play for the family victimized by the perpetrator.
Civil vs. Criminal
In a situation such as the one described above, there may be criminal and civil law involved in going after the people responsible. These are very different things. The work of the police, criminal courts and the other entities involved in enforcing the law are not necessarily done on behalf of the victims. They’re done on behalf of society as a whole.