Elder Abuse Information

What is Elder abuse?

Elder abuse, or the abuse of older adults, is often defined as any act or omission that harms a senior or jeopardizes his or her health or welfare. The World Health Organization defines abuse of older adults as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring in any relationship where there is an expectation of trust that causes harm or distress to an older person”. Elder abuse can take place in the home, in other residential settings, or in the community. It is estimated that between four and ten per cent of Ontario ’s seniors experience some type of abuse.

Ontario Taking Action To Stop Elder Abuse

McGuinty Government Makes Historic Investment In  Safer Communities for Seniors

June 2009

Ontario  is taking steps to help eliminate elder abuse by providing, for the first time  in the province’s history, annual operating funding for prevention initiatives.

The province is investing $900,000 annually to provide the  Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) with long-term  stability to better assist victims of elder abuse in communities across the  province.  ONPEA delivers such services  as the Seniors’ Safety Line, in partnership with the Assaulted Women’s Help  Line, which offers support to victims of elder abuse 24 hours per day, seven  days per week, in more than 150 languages.

This funding will bring the government’s total investment in  elder abuse prevention since 2003 to more than $4.2 million.

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Ontario Combats Elder Abuse

Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse is the first of its kind in Canada.  Learn more

Senior Safety Line

The Senior Safety Line provides information, referrals, and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in over 150 languages.  The hotline is a toll-free, confidential resource for seniors suffering abuse, including financial, physical, sexual and mental abuse and neglect.  Toll-free: 1-866-299-1011 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-866-299-1011     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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Elder Abuse Awareness

On June 15th, Ontario will join a number of jurisdictions across Canada and around the world in marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
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Policy and Program Lens

The Prevention of Elder Abuse Policy and Program Lens, through an easy-to-use checklist format, provides a standardized approach to assessing policies, practices, and programs on the prevention, detection and response to elder abuse.
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