Part 1 Adult Protection 71-6-101 – 71-6-126
Part 2 Family Violence Shelters and Child Abuse Prevention Services 71-6-201 – 71-6-208
Part 3 Sexual Assault Program Services 71-6-301 – 71-6-307

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 71 > Chapter 6 - Programs and Services for Abused Persons

  • Abuse or neglect: means the infliction of physical pain, injury, or mental anguish, or the deprivation of services by a caretaker that are necessary to maintain the health and welfare of an adult or a situation in which an adult is unable to provide or obtain the services that are necessary to maintain that person's health or welfare. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Adult: means a person eighteen (18) years of age or older who because of mental or physical dysfunctioning or advanced age is unable to manage such person's own resources, carry out the activities of daily living, or protect such person from neglect, hazardous or abusive situations without assistance from others and who has no available, willing, and responsibly able person for assistance and who may be in need of protective services. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Advanced age: means sixty (60) years of age or older. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Agricultural liming materials: means a product whose calcium and magnesium compounds are capable of neutralizing soil acidity, and including, but not limited to, limestone, burnt lime, hydrated lime, marl, industrial by-products, calcitic limestone, dolomatic limestone, and ground shells. See Tennessee Code 43-11-402
  • AOAC: means the Association of Official Analytical Chemists. See Tennessee Code 43-11-402
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Capacity to consent: means the mental ability to make a rational decision, which includes the ability to perceive, appreciate all relevant facts and to reach a rational judgment upon such facts. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Child abuse prevention services: means those services designed to prevent the occurrence of child abuse and neglect. See Tennessee Code 71-6-202
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's duly authorized representatives. See Tennessee Code 43-11-402
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of human services. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the department of human services. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Department: means the department of finance and administration. See Tennessee Code 71-6-302
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Exploitation: means the improper use by a caretaker of funds that have been paid by a governmental agency to an adult or to the caretaker for the use or care of the adult. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Family or household member: means those persons who customarily reside in the household and who are in need of temporary shelter because their lives or welfare are in danger. See Tennessee Code 71-6-202
  • Family violence: means causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to a family or household member or placing a family or household member in fear of imminent physical harm by threat of force, regardless of age or mental functioning. See Tennessee Code 71-6-202
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Imminent danger: means conditions calculated to and capable of producing within a relatively short period of time a reasonable probability of resultant irreparable physical or mental harm or the cessation of life, or both, if such conditions are not removed or alleviated. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Investigation: includes , but is not limited to, a personal interview with the individual reported to be abused, neglected, or exploited. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Manufacturer: means any person in the business of making, shaping, or packaging an agricultural liming material into a form that will remain virtually unaltered until it reaches the hands of the final consumer. See Tennessee Code 43-11-402
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Personal representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Protective services: means services undertaken by the department with or on behalf of an adult in need of protective services who is being abused, neglected, or exploited. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • real property: include lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Relative: means spouse. See Tennessee Code 71-6-102
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Sexual assault: includes victims of any of the sexual offenses set out in § 40-24-108(b)(2). See Tennessee Code 71-6-302
  • Sexual assault crisis intervention: includes , but is not limited to:
    1. A 24-hour hotline for victims of sexual assault staffed by a trained person. See Tennessee Code 71-6-302
    2. Sexual assault program: means a program that provides sexual assault program services. See Tennessee Code 71-6-302
    3. Shelter: means a place where family violence victims and their children can seek temporary refuge twenty-four (24) hours a day and seven (7) days a week, including a program that develops and manages a system under which private homes or commercial lodgings are used as refuge for family violence victims and their children. See Tennessee Code 71-6-202
    4. Shelter services: means counseling for family violence victims, counseling for perpetrators, advocacy for family violence victims, referral of family violence victims to other community resources, community education regarding prevention of family violence and rehabilitation of perpetrators. See Tennessee Code 71-6-202
    5. signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    6. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    7. Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
    8. Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
    9. Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
    10. Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
    11. Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
    12. United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    13. Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
    14. written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    15. Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105