Project funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund
Full title: “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”
Timeframe: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2020 
Outcomes: New training and learning for service providers. CNPEA will gather, curate and synthesize an up-to-date array of resources and materials on the hub about sexual assault of older adults and sexual assault of older adults who also are disabled. 

Resources will include:

  • 6 training webinars
  • Materials outlining the unique needs of older adult victims of sexual assault, and older adult victims who have cognitive or physical disabilities,
  • Information and materials about relevant sexual assault laws and criminal justice processes,
  • Information and materials about available programs and supports for victims. 

  • This project will involve:

    • A comprehensive review of existing resources across Canada. 
    • Adding resources to the hub. These will be selected based on recommendations by elder abuse experts, including provincial organizations and networks to help us find best practice tools, policies, recent research etc.
    • Providing 2 webinars/year addressing specific knowledge and training gaps identified during our review.

    Although topics are TBD, the webinars will meet the following goals:

    • 3 webinars for senior-serving professionals about sexual assault laws and the criminal justice system, and practical tips on assisting older victims.
    • 3 webinars for criminal justice system personnel about the unique needs of older adult victims, including additional barriers they may face due to disability.

    If you are interested in helping us with this project or have resources/experts to recommend, get in touch with us!


    Project Resources available on the Hub:


    We will be adding resources continually throughout this project, please check back regularly.
    CNPEA Webinars
    Sexual Violence and Older Women: Working Towards Justice (Dr. Bianca Fileborn - February 6th, 2018)

    Related Webinars

    Blog Posts
    A Brief Review of “The Sexual Assault of Older Women: Criminal Justice Responses in Canada"

    Brochures and Factsheets

    Community Development tools


    Practice Tools
    Sexual Violence in Later Life: A Technical Assistance Guide for Advocates (2010)
    Sexual Violence in Later Life: A Technical Assistance Guide for Health Care Providers (2013)


    - Sexual Violence Against Older People: A Review of the Empirical Literature (2017, UK)

    - Older Women Survivors of Physical and Sexual Violence: A Systematic Review of the Quantitative Literature (2011, US)

    - Sexual Assault and Justice for Older Women: A Critical Review of the Literature (2016, Australia)

    - The Sexual Assault of Older Women: Criminal Justice Responses in Canada (2017, Canada)

    - Sexual Abuse of Older Nursing Home Residents: A Literature Review (2015, Norway) 

    - Women With Disabilities’ Experience With Physical and Sexual Abuse: A Review of the Literature and Implications for the Field (2012, US)

    - Sexual Aggression Between Residents in Nursing Homes: Literature Synthesis of an Underrecognized Problem (2010, US)


    Workshop and Presentations

    Further Reading




    Thank You to Our Sponsors

    CNPEA would like to thank our generous sponsors who contribute to the sustainability of our knowledge-sharing hub

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