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ab elder abuse awareness council2022 marks the 20th anniversary for the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council. The AEAAC has accomplished a lot in 20 years to keep older Albertans safe in their communities and is poised to achieve even more, following the release of an updated Alberta government strategy for preventing and addressing elder abuse in July 2022. 

Here are some of the highlights of the past 20 years:

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Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference, educate, and help prevent elder abuse across Canada?
The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is looking to fill positions on its Board of Directors!

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On June 17th, 2022, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women tabled its report Towards a Violence-Free Canada: Addressing and Eliminating Intimate Partner and Family Violence

This report makes public the committee's findings and proposes 28 recommendations, after hearing from 74 witnesses and receiving 137 briefs from organizations and Canadians across the country.

CNPEA was one of the many organizations that sent a written submission. Our goal was to highlight the pervasive absence of older women in policy and practice considerations when it comes to gender based violence. We emphasized the additional barriers and challenges that older women experience, due to ageism and the ensuing lack of availability of specialized policies and services. We recommended a holistic approach, buidling bridges between the sectors of elder abuse and violence against women prevention and diverse communities in Canada to better respond to the unique needs of older women experiencing intimate partner violence.

We were happy to see that the recently tabled report contains two recommendations that directly relate to older women and their experience of intimate partner violence:

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WomanACT has launched a new project on gender-based violence among senior women.

The Aging, Gender, Equality and Safety (AGES) project will convene gender-based violence and senior-serving agencies to build partnership and referral pathways to better address the needs of senior women. To help inform future training opportunities on this topic, please complete the following 5 minute survey.  

WomanACT has current opportunities for senior women living in Toronto with lived experience of gender-based violence to participate as advisors in this project.
For further information, please follow the link to the AGES project page.

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Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers Marguerite Blais announced on June 12 that the Quebec government is allocating $50 million to a new five-year action plan to counter mistreatment of older adults. The 2022-2027 Action Plan to Combat Elder Abuse is the third action plan on this issue released since 2010.

The Action Plan has a dual goal: 

  •  to help every Quebecer identify and condemn all forms of elder abuse and,
  • to improve intervention methods to end situations of abuse as soon as possible. 

The plan contains 56 measures, including:

  • the creation of a prosecutor position dedicated to elder abuse within the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP).
  • the implementation of an outreach support system for long-term care home staff so that they can identify and report situations of abuse of residents.

Minister Blais declared countering the mistreatment of older adults is ''a collective responsibility as well as a duty of solidarity.''

Click here to learn more about the new action plan.


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