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Violence and Abuse Prevention

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Violence and Abuse Prevention

Pre-COVID-19, elder abuse, and neglect were already experienced by approximately 1 in 6 Canadian seniors although this number is considered significantly under-reported. Financial, physical, emotional/psychological, institutional, sexual, chemical/pharmaceutical, and other forms of abuse are regularly experienced by Canadian seniors. Older adults are often neglected by family, caregivers, and increasingly, society at large. These forms of mistreatment can be the result of purposeful harm or, in many cases, a lack of understanding on the part of those in caregiving roles who are most trusted by seniors.

Since COVID-19, elder abuse and neglect appear to have significantly increased due to financial constraints, isolation, and being required to stay home with one’s abuser. Many elder abuse and neglect response agencies are anecdotally reporting a significant increase in calls and reports since March 2020. Canada is critically short of resources, awareness, response, and research directed to elder abuse and neglect.

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