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Abuse of Older Women"The Standing Committee on the Status of Women held 8 meetings on abuse of older women, and received testimony from 30 witnesses. Key themes that emerged during these hearings focussed on increasing awareness, the forms of abuse, and preventing and responding to abuse of older women. Throughout the hearings, the Committee learned of promising practices that have been developed by a range of sectors. Each of these themes is addressed in greater detail in this report."

Source: Parliament of Canada

 

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Missing Voices"A study from eight countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, Kenya, Lebanon and Sweden.  The study's main approach involved the conduct of focus groups with older persons in the community, and with primary health care workers, in order to establish components of elder abuse as identified by older people themselves and by those forming the primary health care teams. A focus on primary health care was chosen as it is within this context that elder abuse can first be identified - or overlooked altogether.

This report presents the design and findings of the study, and the conclusions of a meeting aimed at identifying the indications for policy, research and action emerging from these study findings. Reports from each country prepared by the national teams were reviewed and analysed."

Source: World Health Organization 

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Family violence in Canada A statistical profile 2011"Historically, seniors have experienced the lowest rates of victimization. However, there are mounting concerns that the growth of the senior population may result in increased victimization and violence against this group (Sev'er 2009). As a result, many provinces are developing strategies to address this issue. As family members often assume the role of caregiver for aging seniors, many of the strategies focus on preventing violence within families (see, for example, Province of British Columbia 2013, Together to Reduce Elder Abuse – B.C.’s Strategy).

Using police-reported data from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey, this section [section 5 of the report] will present information on the nature and extent of family violence against seniors. It will examine the prevalence of family violence against seniors at the national, provincial/territorial and census metropolitan area levels. In addition, this section will explore the characteristics of family violence against seniors, presenting information on the most common types of violence experienced, the use of weapons, injuries sustained and how these incidents are cleared by police. Finally, this section will conclude with a discussion of homicide, the most serious form of family violence against seniors."

Source: Statistics Canada

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LGBT Resource 4"Partner abuse is a systematic pattern of behaviors where one person tries to control the thoughts, beliefs, and/or actions of their partner, someone they are dating or had an intimate relationship with.

This short fact sheet on partner abuse in LGBTQ relationships covers facts and myths, tactics, how LGBTQ partner abuse differs from other types of domestic violence, and gives an explanation of the cycle of violence."

Source: The Network / La Red he Network / La Red (USA); National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (USA)

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Awareness and Perceptions of Canadians Toward Elder Abuse

This public opinion research involved two phases – quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative research was designed to provide a foundation for developing the awareness campaign started by Human Resources and Social Development Canada in 2008. It was expected that the results of the research would provide a baseline of public awareness of the issue in Canada for tracking in the future, to inform the development of the first phase of a campaign, and to raise awareness of the issue among the general public. The purposes of this research were: (1) to gauge current levels of awareness of elder abuse among Canadians; (2) to provide baseline data for tracking the issue in the future; (3) to define appropriate language and media to convey campaign messages; and (4) to further refine target audiences.

Source: Government of Canada

 

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