Thursday, April 23, 2020
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time



Minimal research has been conducted on reporting of abuse of older adults, and this is especially true in the Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta).

In this presentation, Dr. Kerstin Roger and her research team will present preliminary findings from a tri-provincial study begun in 2019. This research involves semi-structured interviews with older adults about their experiences with reporting abuse, as well as with service provider experiences working with older adults who have experienced abuse.

As well, preliminary work on an environmental scan on public discourse and media in the three provinces on abuse of older adults, and quantitative data collected from three community based organizations serving older adults, will be reviewed.

This presentation will identify key aspects regarding the reasons for and context of underreporting in the cases of neglect and abuse of older adults and provide recommendations for enhancing disclosures among older adults experiencing abuse.

This webinar will be of interest to audiences who wish to learn the complicated nature of underreporting and in the hopes of improving services for vulnerable older adults in the Prairies.

Acknowledgment: PrairieAction Foundation; Research Assistants (Marina Cewick, Labe Songese, Kali Grainger); Community Partners and Advisory Committee (SCOA, Kerby Centre, A &O) research and participants.

Lead/Team: Dr. Kerstin Roger, Dr. Christine A. Walsh, Dr. Donna Goodridge, Michelle Ranville


kroger profilepic croppedKerstin Roger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Research focuses on aging and the family, abuse of older adults, including mental wellness and caregiving, and how these interface with health care and a wide range of chronic illnesses. Dr. Roger has been a Principal Investigator on multi-site nationally funded research (e.g. PHAC, SSHRC, Movember, federal government), as well as conducting provincial and regionally funded research. She has worked on international collaborations, local not-for-profit community initiatives, and continues to co-author and engage graduate students in her research.




16The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources


Increasing Access to Justice for Older Victims of Sexual Assault (A2J) 
Project Wrap-Up 
Key Learnings


Thursday, March 19 , 2020
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time


Kathy Majowski: A2J Project Team leader, CNPEA Board Chair



Older adult victims of sexual assault are too often a forgotten population. Research about older adult sexual assault victims is not robust in contrast to research on victimization of other populations. Scholars have described sexual assault of older victims as a new and emerging field for research. Additionally, public awareness of sexual assault of older women is limited. Contrary to the stereotype commonly depicting a sexual assault victim as a young woman, social science research has shown sexual assault of older women to be a serious problem. 

The Access to Justice project carried out a thorough review of existing literature and research to synthesize core learnings, map out knowledge gaps for future research, and build capacity among service providers and other professionals to help them support older adult victims of sexual assault more effectively. It also aimed to increase awareness of sexual assault of older adults, and foster a better cross-sectoral understanding of the barriers that older victims encounter to access care and justice.

The project has resulted in new learning for service providers, in the curation of a wide array of high quality resources, and in the development of new materials about sexual assault of older adults. Join us for our final A2J webinar, as we conclude this three-year project. Kathy Majowski will offer a synthesis of key learnings and research gaps, as well as recommendations for improved practice and policy. It will also highlight key resources and information on existing supports and the suite of documents developed throughout the project.

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources



Being Heard:
Police Response and Support for Older Victims of Sexual Assault


Thursday, November 21, 2019
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time




When sexual assaults happen to older adults, seniors can experience barriers in disclosing and working with Police. Join Laura Proctor (Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario) to learn about these barriers, prevalence, and risk factors; along with Detective Staff Sergeant Tracey Bednarczyk and Detective Inspector Karen Arney (Ontario Provincial Police) to learn about police response and support for seniors, victim response support strategy, and what happens during an investigation.

Who is this webinar for?
This webinar is geared towards both law enforcement and service providers across Canada. The goal is

  • to help better understand current trends and prevalence of sexual violence against older adults
  • to share the Police process
  • to learn about recent changes in how Police investigate crimes affecting the most vulnerable


lauraproctor eapo sept2019Laura Proctor is currently the Central East, Regional Elder Abuse Consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario.
Laura has worked in the field of elder abuse/Victim Services for over 15 years. In her current position, she provides front-line training and public education, collaborates with local, provincial and national stakeholders to enhance the response to elder abuse. Laura consults with seniors, families, and agencies on elder abuse cases. Laura previously worked for Victim Services and was a member of the Edmonton Elder Abuse Intervention Team, providing direct intervention and supports to victims of Elder Abuse in collaboration with Edmonton Police Services. 
Follow EAPO: on Twitter, on Facebook
Seniors Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011


bednarczyk t s.sgt oct2019Detective Staff Sergeant Tracey Bednarczyk has been 18 years with the Ontario Provincial Police, and is currently Central Region lead for the Victim Response Support Unit, working to add value to sexual assault investigations through oversight, victim support, and working with community agencies who support victims/survivors of sexual assault. Contact Sergeant Bednarczyk by email or 705-330-3721 Ext. 2721



arney k insp ghq oct2019Detective Inspector Karen Arney has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police since 1992 and is currently the manager of the O.P.P. Victim Response Support Unit. This unit provides support and expertise for sexual assault investigations throughout the province. She has held positions in sexual assault/abuse issues/ crime units and was a member of the Major Investigation Support team along with various other investigative units throughout her career. In 2007, she was trained and certified as a Criminal Profiler. She then became the Manager of the Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit until she was promoted to Inspector in 2016.



“In the News Today”

What news media coverage of aggression in older adults can teach us about how we think about aging, dementia, and aging populations.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time


SLIDES (English)

Some older adults with cognitive impairment can respond to circumstances in ways that have been labelled responsive or reactive; care partners and workers who struggle with the effects of these actions can experience them as aggressive or violent. In this presentation, Dr. Funk and Dr. Herron present findings from their study of how mainstream Canadian news media frames the issue of aggression in older adults. They will identify the tension between the goal of drawing attention to the seriousness of the problem and to the needs of unpaid and paid caregivers and workers, and avoiding contributing to fears and stigma related to aging, dementia, and aging populations.

Through discussion, attendees will also be encouraged contemplate how they themselves write, talk about, and understand aggression in older adults, to reflect on broader implications, and to consider practical reframing strategies.

This webinar will be of interest to audiences who communicate or teach about aggression in older adults, and both professional and family care providers who have experience dealing with this issue in their work.


laurafunk sept2019Laura M. Funk – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Manitoba
Dr. Funk advances social and critical gerontology through examining how older adults, and both paid and unpaid carers, make sense of experiences, preserve valued identities, and negotiate normative ideals and emotions.
She is recognized for exploring how these processes engage broader discourses surrounding age, care and responsibility. Funk has held numerous Tri-Council and other national grants, and contributed to international research collaborations, frequently engaging policy-makers and care practitioners. In 2012 she led the Manitoba Caregiver uofm logoConsultations, and later this month will receive a recognition award for excellence in research on unpaid caregiving, from the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She can be contacted at  and is on Twitter @LauraFunkUoM


herron close up 2017Dr. Rachel Herron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University and a Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health. Her current research examines the vulnerability and complexity of care relationships, social inclusion and meaningful engagement for people living with dementia, and the diversity of lived experiences of rural mental health. Dr. Herron is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health where she works with other researchers, professionals, students and community partners to develop community-based solutions to rural mental health needs. Ultimately, Dr. Herron’s work seeks to create more supportive environments for aging, mental health, and caregiving. Contact: 

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

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