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ipras model cover" In July 2015, 16% of the Canadian population was 65 years of age or older. The proportion of older adults was higher in the eastern part of the country (Atlantic provinces, Québec and Ontario) and in British Columbia than in the Prairie provinces. In 2036, close to one in four Canadians will be 65 or older. In 2011, over 90% of Canadians aged 65 or more lived in private accommodation. It is estimated that in Canada, between 10 and 15% of older adults are mistreated . 

As first-line responders, police officers are called on to act in a variety of situations involving mistreatment—in the home or in an institutional setting. In addition to the connections they form within the community, their status as first responders positions them as privileged players in the response to prevent and counter mistreatment of older adults.

The IPRAS Model (Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors) relies in particular on the concerted and complementary efforts of police officers of all functions within a service. Its most important component integrates the five aspects of police response and is supported by four other components (guidance and coaching of the practice / cross-cutting support / coordination / strategic management and leadership) for continuous improvement in responding to mistreatment of older adults."

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Source: Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults

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photo"In addition to the Practice Guidelines document, Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors (IPRAS), the SPVM and the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults of the University of Sherbrooke released a toolkit containing:

  • Documents that present the IPRAS Model implemented throughout the SPVM since May 2016;
  • Examples of tools and documents developed to implement and to support the implementation of the model in the SPVM.

These tools and documents are available to all police services interested in implementing the IPRAS model. They serve as examples that can be adapted."

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Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors - Practice Guidelines

Source: Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults

 

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countering mistreatment intersectoral teamwork practice guidelines ipras

"This practice guide stems from the Bridging project, an action-research project that leveraged intersectoral practices to counter mistreatment of older adults. The project entailed three case studies, which were performed in the northeast of Montreal between the years 2012 and 2015.

In 2012-2013, various partners of the Bridging project from different activity sectors in Montreal (public safety; health and social services, from both the public and non-profit network), put forward their views on an intersectoral practice model to counter mistreatment of older adults (see back cover of this guide).

In 2013, these partners identified a breakthrough practice, namely working in intersectoral teams (simply designated as “team” throughout this guide) which consist of a police officer and a practitioner . Considering the benefits of this practice, they expressed the wish to document, model and disseminate it. Three teams were studied for this purpose: one team for transferring the know-how to other teams, one team for implementing its practice and one team for developing its practice. The members of the respective teams under study were from various organizations, but for practical considerations, they are referred to in generic categories in this guide."

Also available: 
Integrated Police Response For Abused Seniors - Practice Guidelines
Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors (IPRAS) - Online Toolkit

Source: Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults

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Screen Shot 2015 12 04 at 2.16.55 PM"This reference aid is intended to assist legal practitioners in recognizing and dealing with potential undue influence and preventing successful challenges to the wills they prepare. It summarizes the recommended practices set out in greater depth in the BCLI publication Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Potential Undue Influence: A Guide (“the BCLI Guide”). The contents of both this reference aid and the Guide reflect the work of an interdisciplinary BCLI project committee supported by the Notary Foundation and the Lawyers Insurance Fund."


Source:  British Columbia Law Institute

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Atira Report"Since 1987, Atira Women’s Resource Society has provided short-term and crisis housing for women fleeing violence.  Atira now operates 18 residential programs across the Greater Vancouver Area identifying and responding to the varied and unique needs of women who are vulnerable and marginalized. Atira opened Ama House in South Surrey, BC in 2004, Canada’s first specialized transition house for women who are older. In anticipation of Ama turning 10 and identifying the need for program evaluation, Atira discovered that Ama House was still the only specialized transition house in Canada serving the needs of women who are older. This surprising discovery prompted the Promising Practices across Canada for Housing Women who are Older and Fleeing Abuse project (Promising Practices), a three-year collaborative project that involved women from across our vast country.  Initially, the collaborative identified that while much has been written about violence against women and much about elder abuse, the abuse of women who are older is rarely examined. Understanding and supporting women who are older and fleeing violence is challenging work that demands knowledge of both women’s anti violence work and elder abuse. The network of women’s transition and safe houses and shelters holds great potential for adapting to meet the needs of women who are older; however, specific attention to their distinct needs, as identified by women who are older and by the women doing the work, is necessary. Promising Practices explores women’s lives across race, class, gender, sexual orientation and ability as well as from all walks of life, from small towns to large cities and includes the voices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, women of colour and immigrant women. It challenges assumptions about women who are older and warns against stereotyping. It also reflects women’s lived experiences, identifying what practitioners and women who are older say they require to meet their unique needs and circumstances." 

Français: Practiques Prometteuses au Canada pour l'Hébergement des Femmes Aînées Victimes de Violence

Source: Atira Women's Resource Society

On the Atira Women's Resource Society page from the above link, you will also find Overall Evaluations of the Promising Practices Project, a National Inventory, the Emerging Best Practices - Services for Older Women Fleeing Abuse - Executive Summary and Evaluation Reports, in English and French. 

 

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