Taking Action Against Elder Abuse

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of a senior.

Common forms of elder abuse include:

  • financial

  • emotional

  • physical

  • sexual

  • neglect

  • medication

Victims commonly suffer more than one type of abuse at the same time. The most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.

Any senior can become a victim of elder abuse regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, income or education.

Elder abuse is often committed by someone known to the victim who is in a position of power, trust or authority. Approximately 25% of crimes against seniors are committed by family members, usually a spouse or adult child.


Do you need help?

  • Are you seeking help creating a safety plan?

  • Do you need to be connected with services, supports, and referrals for financial resources, legal advice and resources, housing options, or health and mental health support?

  • Do you have questions on the impacts of family violence?

  • Are you looking for information on resources for individuals who are concerned about their loved ones being involved in an abusive relationship? 

  • Are you concerned about an individuals abusive behaviours or about your own abusive behaviours towards family members.

We offer one-to-one, non-judgemental, respectful, and confidential support to anyone affected by elder abuse.

The Elder Abuse Navigator supports individuals impacted by abusive relationships by meeting one-on-one to evaluate personal safety, create safety plans, provide emotional, court, and referral support, and work with clients to identify and attain individualized goals. They also work in the community to increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with elder abuse. 

This FREE program is available in Athabasca, Barrhead, Westlock, and surrounding areas.

The Elder Abuse Navigator  provides

  • Confidential support for those experiencing abuse

  • Information and education on various types of abuse

  • Practical safety and action plans

  • Connections and advocacy to access community programs and services

  • Develop problem solving and coping skills

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