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On June 17th, 2022, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women tabled its report Towards a Violence-Free Canada: Addressing and Eliminating Intimate Partner and Family Violence

This report makes public the committee's findings and proposes 28 recommendations, after hearing from 74 witnesses and receiving 137 briefs from organizations and Canadians across the country.

CNPEA was one of the many organizations that sent a written submission. Our goal was to highlight the pervasive absence of older women in policy and practice considerations when it comes to gender based violence. We emphasized the additional barriers and challenges that older women experience, due to ageism and the ensuing lack of availability of specialized policies and services. We recommended a holistic approach, buidling bridges between the sectors of elder abuse and violence against women prevention and diverse communities in Canada to better respond to the unique needs of older women experiencing intimate partner violence.

We were happy to see that the recently tabled report contains two recommendations that directly relate to older women and their experience of intimate partner violence:

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WomanACT has launched a new project on gender-based violence among senior women.

The Aging, Gender, Equality and Safety (AGES) project will convene gender-based violence and senior-serving agencies to build partnership and referral pathways to better address the needs of senior women. To help inform future training opportunities on this topic, please complete the following 5 minute survey.  

WomanACT has current opportunities for senior women living in Toronto with lived experience of gender-based violence to participate as advisors in this project.
For further information, please follow the link to the AGES project page.

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Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers Marguerite Blais announced on June 12 that the Quebec government is allocating $50 million to a new five-year action plan to counter mistreatment of older adults. The 2022-2027 Action Plan to Combat Elder Abuse is the third action plan on this issue released since 2010.

The Action Plan has a dual goal: 

  •  to help every Quebecer identify and condemn all forms of elder abuse and,
  • to improve intervention methods to end situations of abuse as soon as possible. 

The plan contains 56 measures, including:

  • the creation of a prosecutor position dedicated to elder abuse within the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP).
  • the implementation of an outreach support system for long-term care home staff so that they can identify and report situations of abuse of residents.


Minister Blais declared countering the mistreatment of older adults is ''a collective responsibility as well as a duty of solidarity.''

Click here to learn more about the new action plan.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day serves as stark reminder that, too often, seniors’ basic human rights are ignored


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TORONTO ON, June 13—A coalition of Canada’s leading organizations advocating on seniors' issues are teaming up to host a national virtual event on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th), bringing together politicians, thought experts and members of the public to discuss the rising rates of elder abuse in our country. Incidents of elder abuse skyrocketed by an estimated 250% during the first year of the pandemic in Ontario alone, with the vast majority of cases going unreported. Studies also show that 1 in 2 people are prejudiced against older people and 1 in 5 Canadians think seniors are a burden on society. Given that recent census data shows people aged 85+ are one of the fastest-growing age groups, with a 12% increase from 2016, tackling the deeply-rooted societal perceptions of seniors’ human rights is critical to Canada’s future.

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Prevent Elder Abuse Manitoba
 (PEAM), the provincial elder abuse prevention network for Manitoba, released the infographic below to highlight efforts and results related to elder abuse prevention and response in Manitoba. This work was accomplished in collaboration with many local organizations, including A&0 Supports for Older Adults and Klinik Communicty Health.

For resources and  information about upcoming WEAAD events in Manitoba, visit https://weaadmanitoba.ca.

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