Preventing Elder Abuse

Abuse and neglect are complex issues that require the experience and concern of many people and organizations to be effectively addressed. Although there are challenges to monitoring prevalence, a Canadian survey in 2016 found that 8.2% of elders will experience some type of abuse or neglect each year. The City of Brantford and County of Brant have approximately 19,920 adults over the age of 65, which is its fastest growing age group within the region. Given what we know from research, we can estimate that between 400 and 2000 elders have experienced or are experiencing elder abuse locally every year.

A protocol supports work in the community to create a coordinated response to adult abuse, neglect by:

  • including everyone in the community who wants to be involved;
  • raising community awareness and developing protocols among members about how organizations or agencies will respond when an elder needs help;
  • keeping track of how the response is working; and
  • working towards prevention

Let's Stay Informed Series

The City, in partnership with Victim Services Brant and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, invite the community to attend the Let’s Stay Informed series. The series includes four presentations taking place between December 2022 and February 2023 to assist the community on staying informed about elder abuse and provide increased access to resources and support. This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones against Financial Abuse – Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join Mary Shkoury from Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario via Zoom as she presents an overview of financial abuse and the types of abuse, including power of attorney, tactics used to take advantage of older adults, and a list of supports/resources for help and reporting.

Elder Abuse Service Provider Protocol Training – Thursday, December 15, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Victim Services of Brant presents how to take steps and actions when elder abuse or neglect is suspected or identified, including understanding how to support the elderly and their caregivers and aiding in the development of a plan to prevent harm. 

Understanding Ones Rights as a Senior, to Protect and Prevent Against Ageism – Thursday, January 12, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join Mary Shkoury from Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario as she presents an overview of ageism, including its definition and examples. Through discussion questions and an open dialogue - the link between ageism, abuse and the rights of older adults are explored. There are also tips on speaking out against ageism and resources for supports available to all participants.

Understanding Financial Abuse and Power of Attorney’s Through Story Telling – Thursday, February 15, 2023
Join Mary Shkoury from Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario as she discusses how to recognize the most common form of elder abuse, including financial abuse, powers of attorney, and tactics most commonly used to take advantage of older adults. A link to this presentation will be posted here on February 15, 2023.

Brant Elder Abuse Service Provider Protocol

The Brant Elder Abuse Service Provider Protocol provides important information on how to assist when elder abuse is suspected in the City of Brantford and County of Brant. 

For more information on Elder Abuse and program materials, please contact Victim Services of Brant.

Senior’s Toolkit

The Senior's Toolkit, A Practical Handbook for Seniors provides information about various agencies and service providers that help senior residents in the City of Brantford and County of Brant. 

If you require this document in an accessible format, please call the City at 519-759-4150.