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Date updated: August 27, 2018

Elder Abuse



Reframing the Conversation on 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 Better Business Services sets standards for and evaluates businesses, charities, advertisements... BBB alerts customers and businesses to unfair or illegal practices and schemes in Canada (nationally and locally). Services for NL are carried out online, by phone from Halifax through the BBB Atlantic Offices (see below). Contact by telephone Toll free: 1-877-663-2363 or by E-mail:  
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.
Victims, witnesses and accused persons who have a disability that affects their communication, may require support communicating with police, legal and justice professionals. Communication Intermediaries facilitate two-way communication with persons with communication disabilities, not caused by significant hearing loss. This database provides a way to search for and communicate with qualified Speech-Language Pathologists (Communication Intermediaries) nearest to the desired location. The communication intermediary will respond in a confidential manner to your email to get information, negotiate services and payment. If this is an emergency, contact CDAC at  
"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.    
Free Lunch & Learn - EAO Webinar Series Thursday March 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:15 pm EST [12:30 pm to 1:45 pm NST] Emotional Abuse of Older Adults - Indicators, Risk Factors and Prevention Emotional abuse is any action, verbal or non-verbal, that lessens a person’s sense of identity, dignity and self-worth. Emotional abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of abuse and includes any attempt to demoralize, dehumanize or intimidate older adults. Join EAO's lunch and learn webinar series, to learn more about how to recognize, prevent and respond to situations of emotional abuse of older adults. The webinar will:
  • Provide participants with an overview of emotional abuse of older adults
  • Provide practical strategies and assessment tools for service providers who work with older adults
  • Discuss the indicators, risk factors, and barriers to reporting emotional abuse, and
  • Highlight current legislation and provincial resources
Presented by EAO Regional Consultants Josée Miljours, North East Region Candielya Jackson, North West Region REGISTER AT LINK BELOW
The Hope for Wellness Helpline – On-Line Chat Counseling Service Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or use the chat box  to connect with a counsellor on-line Phone and chat counselling is available in English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in: Cree,  Ojibway, or Inuktitut.  
NICE has Tools (information and tips) on Caregiving, Dementia, End of Life Issues, Elder Abuse, and more.
This is a SeniorsNL special site dedicated to bringing together resources and information on elder abuse, what it is and how to get help and support.
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 Seniors' Advocate is an independent office of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Advocate will seek input from seniors in NL. They will then determine where seniors believe gaps exist in legislation, policies, programs and services.  Comphrehensive  reviews of gaps (systemic)  will generate recommendations as to how to address those gaps.
Section 3: Police-reported family violence in Canada: Statistics Canada, 2017 In 2017, there were 11,380 senior victims (aged 65 to 89 years) of police-reported violence in Canada. Of this number, one-third (33%) were victimized by a family member such as a child, spouse, sibling or other family member. Select the link below to review this Statistical profile of family violence against seniors. Note that just under two-thirds (63%) of senior victims of family violence had physical force used against them, there may be unreported non-physical elder abuse carried out by family members and others.
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.
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 Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors (PACAS) is a volunteer council of thirteen individuals from throughout the province. PACAS advises and informs the Provincial Government on issues, concerns, and requirements of older adults. The Council ensures that the Provincial Government considers the perspective of older adults when developing current and future policies for service delivery. Council provides a strong voice for seniors in the development of programs and services that support independence and well-being. Email:
Did you know that PLIAN is a member of of the Public Legal Education Association of Canada? PLIAN is the Public Legal Information Association of NL. PLEAC is made up of public legal education and information organizations from all across Canada. PLEAC-ACEIJ just launched its new website
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

NEW: Check out PLIAN's  Family Law Form Builder NOTE: PLIAN has a new permanent location downtown (no longer on Peet St.) They are at: 291-293 Water St. Suite 301, 4th Floor, St. John's, NL A1C 1B9. People can access PLIAN via the Merchant Tavern entrance and then come up the stairs or elevator. Walk-ins just call ahead to make sure someone in the office.
(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 Seniors and Aging Division works with other government departments and agencies to promote healthy aging across the lifespan. The Division acts as a centre of expertise and knowledge on aging and seniors. The main functions of the Division is are to oversee the implementation of seniors and aging initiatives and adult protection. Goals of the division include: creation of a more age-friendly province; eradication of ageism; and the protection of vulnerable adults who lack the capacity to protect themselves. The division also serves as the secretariat for the Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors (PACAS) and works with the Council, other government departments, seniors’ organizations and retiree groups, the federal government, other provinces and territories and multiple key stakeholders to achieve its goals. 1-888-494-2266
The Journey Project is a joint initiative of the Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) and the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) .The goal is to enhance supports for survivors of sexual violence in the justice system. Seniors do not often talk about sexual violence. Older adults do experience sexual violence. There is support!
  • Navigation and Support for Survivors
  • Lawyer Referral Program
  Call:             1-833-722-2805 or e-mail     If individuals need support outside the hours of the service, contact the Sexual Assault Crisis, Support and Information Line at 1-800-726-2743.
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.  
The Southwestern Coalition to End Violence (SWCEV) is one of ten Regional Coordinating Committees that work in partnership with the provincial Violence Prevention Initiative to increase awareness of all forms of violence. Southwestern Coalition to End Violence (SWCEV) Consists of representatives from the three local coordinating committees:
  • Peaceful Communities (Port aux Basques, the Codroy Valley and southwestern Newfoundland coastal communities)
  • The HELP Committee (Burgeo)
  • The Bay St. George Coalition to End Violence (Bay St. George South, Stephenville and the Port au Port Peninsula)
The office is in Grand Falls-Windsor and covers a large area Contact the Coordinator Tel: 709- 489-8828 E-mail:  
Violence Prevention- Avalon East, formerly known as Coalition Against Violence Avalon East, is one of ten Regional Coordinating Committees working in partnership with the provincial Violence Prevention Initiative to increase awareness of all forms of violence. This organization works to end violence in the eastern Avalon by educating, lobbying, advocating, and increasing awareness around issues of violence.   NEW ---Violence Prevention-Avalon East: Notice of Office Relocation VP-AE moving Monday (December 5th)  and will be open to the public mid december. CONTACT by e-mail or by phone 709-757-0137 or by mail at the address below. New Address: 20 Hallett Crescent Suite St. John's NL A1B 4C5  
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 Office for the Status of Women. Contact the VPI at or (709) 729-5009.

Violence Prevention  NL Organizations:

• Provincial voice around violence prevention, advocacy and early intervention to those most at risk of experiencing violence.  • Work throughout the province to change attitudes, behaviours and social norms associated with violence through awareness • Core partners in the Provincial Government’s Violence Prevention Initiative VPNL Organizations: Violence Prevention-Avalon East (was known as CAVAE) 709-757-0137 Communities Against Violence (Western Avalon) 709-596-0726 Violence Prevention - East (was known as ERCAV) 709-466-4676 Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence (BPVAV) 709-279-4030 Roads to End Violence (Gander-New-Wes-Valley Region) 709-651-2250 Violence Prevention South and Central 709-489-8828 Violence Prevention West  709-634-6606 Southwestern Coalition to End Violence (SWCEV) 709-643-1022 Northern Committee Against Violence (NCAV) website is closed 709-454-3351 Violence Prevention Labrador (VPL) 709-899-3231   These Coalitions also encourage community participation in violence prevention and undertake initiatives to raise public awareness about this serious issue.  
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 Office for the Status of Women, 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. Call 709-596-0726 or e-mail at  
The regional coordinating committees of the Violence Prevention Initiative, a provincial government partnership led by the Office for the Status of Women, 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 Office for the Status of Women, 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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