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bullyingfactsheet coverBullying (also known as harassment) happens when a person or a group of people repeatedly hurts, threatens, or scares a peer. Bullying awareness and prevention activities have been traditionally aimed at younger generations, even though the behaviours occur across the life course and can affect older adults where they live and socialize. 

This factsheet summarizes

  • the definition of bullying
  • causes
  • impacts on older adults
  • strategies for prevention and 
  • available services in Ontario


In 2020 A&O: Support Services for Older Adults (Manitoba) and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse developed a factsheet as part of the anti-bullying social media campaign #PinkShirtDayForAll to help raise awareness of bullying of older adults. In 2022 we created an Ontario-specific version which features supports available across the province of Ontario. 


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