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The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

Tuesday January 22nd, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EST

Violence against Older Women is an increasingly growing problem not only in Ontario, but across Canada and around the world. Numerous communities are working diligently to prevent and address this issue. Through this webinar, Aging Without Violence, and OAITH in partnership with Elder Abuse Ontario are pleased to present important information related to addressing violence against older women.



Learning Objectives:

  • Provide participants with an overview of sexual violence against older women
  • Discuss the actions and behaviours that constitute sexual abuse, risk factors, and barriers to disclosures
  • Help participants to understand consent and capacity in context of sexual violence
  • Clarify the responsibilities of staff to report sexual abuse under LTC Act
  • Provide insight of police role in investigation of reports of sexual abuse in LTC homes
  • Provide information on intersectoral approaches and promising practices to providing support and care to older women living in LTC homes
  • Highlight barriers and strategies for risk management related to sexual violence LTC settings 

  • Speakers: 
    Tammy Rankin, Senior Safety Advisor,  Regional Municipality of Durham, Long Term Care & Services for Seniors Division
    Tammy is a graduate of McMaster University Gerontology program and has been working with seniors as a social service worker for the past 30 years with the focus on Long Term Care. In her current role she partners with Durham Regional Police addressing abuse in care settings and the community.

    Rosalyn Forrester, Community Support & Outreach,  Interim Place
    Rosalyn currently works at Interim Place as a Community Support Outreach Advocate and at East Mississauga Community Health Centre Co facilitating the older trans group. She previously spent several years working at the 519 Church Street Community Centre working with the Older TLBG community. Rosalyn currently sits on the Trans Pulse Canada Committee, Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network,  and the Supporting Trans Women in VAW Shelters committee. Rosalyn is also a primary caregiver to her mother, who is currently living with dementia.

    Facilitated by:
    Amber Wardell, Aging Without Violence Project Coordinator, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses and Rochella Vassell, Regional Consultant, Elder Abuse Ontario

    If you have any questions, please contact:
    Rochella Vassell
    Central West Regional Consultant
    Elder Abuse Ontario
    Tel:  416-916-6728  ext 225 

    Amber Wardell
    Aging Without Violence Project Coordinator 
    Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses
    (416) 977-6619 ext. 104


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