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The following resource is part of the Family Violence Initiative, funded by the RCMP. Find similar tools by searching for the FVIF tag or consult the list of available resources.


ipras model cover" In July 2015, 16% of the Canadian population was 65 years of age or older. The proportion of older adults was higher in the eastern part of the country (Atlantic provinces, Québec and Ontario) and in British Columbia than in the Prairie provinces. In 2036, close to one in four Canadians will be 65 or older. In 2011, over 90% of Canadians aged 65 or more lived in private accommodation. It is estimated that in Canada, between 10 and 15% of older adults are mistreated . 

As first-line responders, police officers are called on to act in a variety of situations involving mistreatment—in the home or in an institutional setting. In addition to the connections they form within the community, their status as first responders positions them as privileged players in the response to prevent and counter mistreatment of older adults.

The IPRAS Model (Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors) relies in particular on the concerted and complementary efforts of police officers of all functions within a service. Its most important component integrates the five aspects of police response and is supported by four other components (guidance and coaching of the practice / cross-cutting support / coordination / strategic management and leadership) for continuous improvement in responding to mistreatment of older adults."

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Source: Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults