Elder Abuse

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Family Violence


Abuse of Adults

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Facts on the abuse of seniors:

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Resources for seniors to contact or for others concerned about abuse:


Elder mistreatment (abuse, neglect, financial exploitation). Elder mistreatment is a pervasive public health issue with major consequences to older adults and costs to society. Approximately one in ten older adults experience some form of elder mistreatment each year. Without effective primary prevention strategies in place, the scope of this problem is expected to nearly double over the next 20 years in accordance with population age demographic trends.

Elder abuse is an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. (An older adult is defined as someone age 60 or older.) Forms of elder abuse can be found via this link: www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/elderabuse/definitions.html


Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA)


This national network connects people and organizations, foster the exchange of reliable information, and advance program and policy development on issues related to preventing the abuse of older adults. We do this work at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, and national levels.

The network has a membership of individuals and organizations from across Canada who come from all walks of life and who care about older adults and the prevention of harm in later life.

Please visit their website for more info:


CDC (Centre for Disease Control) Publication

Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements[PDF 3.8MB]

Other Canadian Publications

Elder Abuse in Canada: A Gender-Based Analysis This report was prepared by Peggy Edwards for the Division of Aging and Seniors, Public Health Agency of Canada, under the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative.
Written: May 2009
Edited: October 2011

Également disponible en français sous le titre: Mauvais traitements envers les aînés au Canada : Analyse comparative entre les sexes.

Division of Aging and Seniors Public Health Agency of Canada www.publichealth.gc.ca/seniors

More Canadian Resources


Employment and Social Development Canada-----Elder abuse awareness