Elder abuse awareness
Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and medication. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.
- Who to call if you suspect a senior is being abused
- Facts on elder abuse
- Elder abuse resources
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- Seniors Canada website
- Addressing Elder Abuse in Alberta: A Strategy for Collective Action
Crime prevention and help
In Alberta and across Canada, seniors are less likely to report themselves as victims of crime than younger age groups. Personal safety and crime prevention tips apply to all regardless of age. However, there are some things seniors can do to further reduce their likelihood of being victimized.
Help for victims of crime
The Criminal Code of Canada sets out a variety of criminal offences that can occur in the context of elder abuse. These include offences such as physical or sexual assault; offences against the rights of property, such as property theft, forgery and extortion; and other offences such as breach of trust and fraud. While no one ever expects to be a victim of crime, it is important to know there is help available to you.
If you have been a victim of crime, your first step is to call the police. They will investigate the crime and refer you to the Victim Services Unit for assistance. Victim Services Units are staffed with trained, caring people who offer information, assistance and support to victims during the police investigation and throughout the criminal justice process.
- For more information contact your local police, or
- Call 780-427-3460 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000), or
- Visit the Victim Services Unit website at www.victims.alberta.ca