What is Elder Abuse?

“Elder Abuse is any action, or deliberate inaction, by a person in position of trust which causes harm to an older person. The abuser can be a spouse, child, family member, friend or paid caregiver. “

World Health Organization, 2002

  • Physical Abuse
    • Any act of violence or rough handling that may or may not result in physical injury but causes physical discomfort or pain.
  • Financial Abuse
    • Any improper conduct, done with or without the informed consent of the older adult, that results in a monetary or personal gain to the abuser and/or monetary or personal loss for the older adult.
  • Neglect
    • Not meeting the basic needs of an older person.
    • Active Neglect
      • deliberate withholding of care or the basic necessities of life.
    • Passive Neglect
      • failure to provide proper care due to lack of knowledge, experience or ability.
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Any sexual behavior directed toward an older adult without that person’s full knowledge and consent.
  • Violation of Rights
    • Denial of a person’s rights as set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and Provincial Legislation
  • Emotional/Psychological Abuse
    • Any action, verbal or non-verbal, that lessens a person’s sense of identity, dignity and self-worth.

Possible Signs of Abuse

  • Unexplained Injuries
  • Unusual legal activity related to will or other documents
  • Unnecessary purchases to the home or property and unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts, personal bank statements and credit cards are missing
  • Lack of food, clothing or other necessities, poor hygiene ̈ Unexplained weight loss
  • Depression, anxiety, fear

Helping Places:
If you or someone you know is in danger, call 911

Niagara Regional Police, Senior Support Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

1-800-222-8477 905-688-4111 905-687-3914

Centre de santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara Community Care Access Centre
Niagara Gatekeeper Program
Seniors’ Community Programs, Niagara Region

905-734-1141 905-684-9441 905-684-0968