Elder Abuse Prevention

Elder Abuse Prevention

Older adults are valuable members of our communities. They contribute to society in many ways as family members, volunteers, caregivers, employees, and more.

Elder abuse is becoming recognized as an increasing concern globally. Elder abuse is “a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship in which there is expectation of trust that causes harm or distress to an older person”.1

There are several types of abuse that can cause harm or distress to older adults, including physical, psychological/emotional, financial, sexual, neglect, and abandonment. Multiple forms of abuse can happen at the same time and can occur in several settings including institutions, homes, communities or via the internet.

If you or someone you know wants to talk to someone about elder abuse, you can call:

The Seniors Safety Line 24/7 at 1-866-299-1011

The Seniors Safety Line is a support line and offers free resources, support, safety planning and referrals in over 200 languages for seniors in Ontario experiencing abuse.

Elder Abuse Prevention

Elder Abuse Prevention in Grey Bruce Summary Report


Grey Bruce Situational Assessment

Elder Abuse Prevention: Grey Bruce Situational Assessment and A Review of the Literature


For more information:

Grey Bruce Elder Abuse Prevention

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Government of Ontario: Information about Elder Abuse

World Health Organization: Abuse of Older People

It’s Not Right: Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

Steps to Justice: Elder Abuse

Sheatre: The Elder Abuse Audio Drama and Talk

Government of Canada: What every older Canadian should know about: Financial abuse

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: What to do if you’re a victim

Grey Bruc Elder Abuse Prevention: Top Ten Tips Sheet to Avoid Fraud and Scams



  1. World Health Organization. (June 13, 2022). Abuse of Older People. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/abuse-of-older-people


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