Elder Abuse Prevention 

Elder Abuse Prevention

Right Now: A Community Strategy to Prevent and Address Elder Abuse

The City of Brantford, through initiatives such as Safe Brantford and Healthy Brantford, is providing leadership in bringing partners together to address complex community safety issues. On Tuesday, June 12th, the City of Brantford released a new Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy to address the complex issue related to physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders. Therevention of Elder Abuse has been identified as a health and wellness priority by the community, and in February 2018, a Council-approved recommendation from the Healthy Brantford Task Force directed staff to support the development of a community-based elder abuse prevention strategy. Staff worked closely with stakeholders to develop Right Now: A Community Strategy to Prevent and Address Elder Abuse.

Brantford is one of the first communities in Ontario to develop a strategy specifically focusing on the incidence and impact of elder abuse. The committee engaged in extensive consultation with older adults, caregivers, service providers and private and public health care professionals.

To implement the recommendations within the strategy, Victim Services Brant and the City of Brantford worked with Nova Vita, Elder Abuse Ontario, Comfort Keepers, and the Ontario Provincial Police partnered to secure a Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Safer and Vital Communities Grant of $68, 950 to develop the Brant Elder Abuse Response (BEAR) project.

The BEAR project has three goals: develop community response protocols to address elder abuse; increase the capacity of local organizations to identify and address elder abuse; and empower and educate older adults on their rights and how they can prevent and intervene in abuse situations. City staff are working proactively to ensure Brantford's seniors remain included in the social and economic life of their community, which is a significant protective factor against elder abuse.

PDF download icon graphic The documents below require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click to download the Acrobat Reader plugin to your browser.

Clicking on any of the documents below will open a new browser window.