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
- Elder Abuse Response and Referral Service (EARRS): Or contact EARRS at 613-596-5626 ext. 230.
- Victim Support Unit: Provides contact with emergency response counsellors and referrals to services.
- Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario: Contact the 24hr Seniors Safety Line for assistance from trained counsellors.
For more information and how to support an older adult experiencing abuse:
- What You Need to Know About Elder Abuse: Information about the signs and types of elder abuse from the Government of Ontario.
- When does elder abuse have to be reported?: Information regarding the process of reporting elder abuse from Community Legal Education Ontario.
- Advocacy Centre for the Elderly: Information regarding elder abuse.
- For information or advice on elder abuse contact the Ottawa Police Consultation line at 613-236-1222 ext. 2400.