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Date updated: June 13, 2018

Elder Abuse

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Elder Abuse can be an act (abuse) or a failure to act (neglect) that harms an older person.

Types of Elder Abuse are:

Emotional, Verbal, Psychological, Cultural, Spiritual/Religious,

Financial, Physical, Sexual, Neglect

Become a member of seniorsnl’s NETWORK to address elder abuse in our province

There is a network of individuals, community and government partners, working together to prevent elder abuse in Newfoundland and Labrador.

NL Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

is an integral part of SeniorsNL’s efforts to create awareness and take action on elder abuse.

Our vision:

is that older persons will live in safe, caring communities where there is zero tolerance of abuse.

Links to Resources and Information (listed in alphabetical order):

The Adult Protection Act protects adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect, and who do not understand or appreciate that risk. Contact your Regional Health Authority at 1-855-376-4957 to report an adult who may be at risk of abuse or neglect and who does not understand or appreciate that risk. No long distance charges will apply. You can report confidentially. Call 911 for emergencies or situations requiring the police.  
AGE-WELL is a national research and innovation network.  A wide range of partners work together to create technologies and services that benefit older adults. They promote the conversion of an idea or invention into a good or service that may satisfy a need or improves a life. Check out this dynamic network.
This website from the Canadian Centre for Elder Law offers a series of educational tools to help seniors protect themselves against fraud. The tools identify some of the most common scams that con artists use these days to target seniors.
The Canadian Bankers Association has a special section on their website just for Seniors and there are sections on Powers of Attorney, Frauds, forms of financial abuse and much more. Remember, financial abuse is a violation of YOUR rights. It is not your fault, and you can get help!
Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) connects people and organizations, works to share reliable information, and advances program and policy development on issues related to preventing the abuse of older adults.
"We need social connections to thrive — no matter our age." AARP [American Association of Retired Persons] Foundation spearheaded Connect2Affect to seek out solutions to social isolation. The goal is to create a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely, and that helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive.    
NICE has Tools (information and tips) on Caregiving, Dementia, End of Life Issues, Elder Abuse, and more.
Newfoundland and Labrador Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NLNPEA) is dedicated to bringing together resources and information on elder abuse, what it is and how to get help and support.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) works to help improve the digital literacy of Canadians. For seniors, they raise awareness of privacy issues and rights, and provide guidance and information to help older adults reduce privacy risks. On this page, you will find:
  • Tips to help protect your privacy online
  • Protecting personal information on your mobile devices
  • 10 Tips for Protecting Personal Information
  • Identity Theft and You
  • Top 10 tips to protect your inbox, computer and mobile device
  • Privacy presentation package Find slides and speaking notes for presenting to seniors about online privacy and protecting personal information.
This page provides a link to OPC's individuals page where you will find a full range of privacy information and advice on a wide range of topics.
Taxpayers should be very careful when they receive a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the CRA. These con artists request the taxpayer's personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. This resource from CRA provides examples of fraudulent communications through phone, online, mail, e-mail, text message. This resource also provides guidelines to the taxpayers to help identify communications not from the CRA .  
Canadian Bankers Association promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions. The financial literacy program, Your Money Seniors, has three modules: Cash Management, Financial Abuse, and Fraud Prevention
The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador provides general information and education about the law to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, with the intent of increasing access to resources, information and justice.

PLIAN has developed a number of publications about many different areas of the law: Wills and Estates; Family Law; Criminal Law; Other Areas of Law; Links and Resources

(Corner Brook, NL), January 10, 2018 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Corner Brook Region is issuing a public advisory regarding a phone scam whereby fraudsters are posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The Sexual Assault of Older Women - Criminal Justice Responses in Canada, Isabel Grant and Janine Benedet, April 19, 2018. This presentation is  is part of  the project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”. It is funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund. Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources (see links on this page).  View the recorded webinar on youtube or download the slides (link below).    
There are shelters for abused women and their children in this province.  These shelters have an emergency crisis line and helpful staff. The Transition Housing Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (THANL) website provides 1-800 crisis numbers, local phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for local shelters in NL.  
Coalition Against Violence AE recently changed its name to Violence Prevention Avalon East (AE).   This organization works to end violence in the eastern Avalon by educating, lobbying, advocating, and increasing awareness around issues of violence.
Violence Prevention East was formerly known as Eastern Region Committee Against Violence or ERCAV. It is a non-profit, volunteer committee, made up of individuals from both government and community. They meet regularly in the Clarenville-Bonavista area of NL to discuss issues relating to violence. Violence Prevention East encourages a community approach to violence prevention.  
The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is a  multi-departmental government - community partnership. This initiative is working to find long term solutions to violence against those most at risk in our society. Persons at risk include - women, children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal women and children and other people who are vulnerable to violence because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status. The Violence Prevention Initiative is coordinated by the Women's Policy Office. Contact the VPI at or (709) 729-5009.
Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence (BPVAV) is a non-profit committee made up of individuals from both government and community. The committee meets regularly to discuss issues relating to violence on the Burin Peninsula. They also encourage community participation in violence prevention.
The regional coordinating committees of the Violence Prevention Initiative, a provincial government partnership led by the Women's Policy Office, provide leadership at the community level to coordinate services for victims of violence. CAV provides public awareness and education related to violence prevention for the Western Avalon region. The Facebook account is not available at the moment. Call 709-596-0726 or e-mail at  
The regional coordinating committees of the Violence Prevention Initiative, a provincial government partnership led by the Women's Policy Office, provide leadership at the community level to coordinate services for victims of violence.  REV provides violence prevention to the Gander – New Wes Valley Region through education, public awareness, training, inter-agency programs and initiatives that address issues of violence and abuse.
The regional coordinating committees of the Violence Prevention Initiative, a provincial government partnership led by the Women's Policy Office, provide leadership at the community level to coordinate services for victims of violence. Violence Prevention South and Central (formerly known as Central West Committee Against Violence Inc.):
  •  provides leadership throughout  to reduce violence against vulnerable populations through education, awareness, advocacy and support in our communities.
  • fosters partnerships through collaboration with partner departments and agencies
  •  region expands from Norris Arm to Baie Verte Peninsula, including all points in between and encompassing the Coast of Bays Area.

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