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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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A Way Forward"On April 17, 2007, a provincial forum was held at UQÀM with various social partners, researchers and stakeholders from governmental and paragovernmental agencies, associations and community groups concerned about elder abuse and neglect in institutions and residential care settings. The starting point for discussions was the results of data collected among key informants for a pan-Canadian study1 . This Quebec Forum was meant to allow time for reflection on the preventive and priority approaches – in other words the actions – that need to be implemented to put an end to the abuse of elders living in institutions. At the end of the discussions, and given the significance of the issue, some participants decided to prepare a common declaration to share their understanding of the scope of the problem, its causes and the consensus they reached regarding preventive measures that need to be implemented in Quebec."

 

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