According to the World Health Organization the abuse of older adults is defined 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”. This can include physical, financial, sexual or psychological abuse or neglect.

According to Elder Abuse Ontario, 2% to 10% of seniors in North America face some kind of abuse or neglect

Visit the Ottawa Police Service website for more information on elder abuse.

To get help

For more information and how to support an older adult experiencing abuse: