Elder Abuse is any action or inaction perpetrated by a person in a position of trust, which jeopardizes the health and well-being of an elderly person.

Elder Abuse includes

  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychological/Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Financial Abuse or Exploitation
  • Medication Abuse
  • Violation of Civil/Human Rights
  • Active or Passive Neglect

Elder Abuse is usually perpetrated by a family member, a friend, a staff member in a residential setting, or anyone the elderly person relies upon for care. Elder abuse may also arise through a stranger who befriends an older person and manages to gain their trust. While victimization of our elders by anyone is tragic, the power of Elder Abuse is extreme. The damaging effects of Elder Abuse are tied to the complexities of any relationship of trust or dependency and compounded by the vulnerabilities that ageing brings.

To add to the problem, an elderly person may be reluctant to report criminal activity or the fact that they are victims themselves. This may be because of embarrassment, an effort to maintain their independence or a notion that no one will listen. If a family member is the source of the problem, the older person may fear reprisal from the immediate family or may simply be unwilling to hurt or embarrass a family member by reporting. Seniors may also feel isolated or lack the resources physically, mentally, emotionally or financially, to remove themselves from a bad situation.

The Saanich Police can help in situations of Elder Abuse and can intervene on behalf of any victim. If you would like to report a crime of Elder Abuse call Saanich Police at 475-4321.

For more information on Elder Abuse check this link:
BC Institute Against Family Violence. Their focus is to eliminate victimization of all family members, particularly those who are more vulnerable than others because of their gender, sex, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, physical condition, developmental capacity, mental health, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or related condition.

Also see our Community Contacts page, for important resources for seniors in our community.

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