Abuse of Older Adults

Addressing the abuse of older adults or elder abuse is a major strategic priority for the NWT Network to Prevent the Abuse of Older Adults. The initial research by the NWT Seniors’ Society in 2010 as part of the Making Connections: Building Networks to Prevent the Abuse of Older Adults clearly showed that abuse of older adults continues to be a major issue in communities throughout the NWT. This was identified in the Making Connections Building Networks to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults Phase I Research Report.

Older adult abuse takes on many forms including: physical, psychological, financial, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse, with financial abuse being the most prevalent. This is consistent with the situation across Canada.

As stated in the Terms of Reference, the Network’s ultimate goal is to ensure the abuse of older adults in the Northwest Territories is not tolerated and networks are established at the community and regional level to support older adults to be safe and secure in their home (including: long term care facilities, extended care, owned or leased private residences, supportive living facilities, etc.).

We plan to achieve this goal by:

  • Promoting education and awareness about abuse of older adults throughout the NWT.
  • Supporting the development of Community and Regional Support Networks to respond to and prevent abuse of older adults.
  • Encouraging training in identification, intervention and prevention strategies for front-line services providers and caregivers.
  • Developing a Communications Strategy to address the issue of abuse of older adults throughout the NWT.
  • Serving as a resource for information about referral and intervention services in the Northwest Territories.
  • Seeking funding to continue the work to prevent abuse of older adults
  • Establishing linkages with other jurisdictions.
  • Promoting the development of an NWT strategy to prevent abuse of older adults.
  • Exploring and recommend appropriate legislative, policy and other approaches to address abuse of older adults.
  • Promoting research into the root causes of abuse of older adults.
  • Advocating on behalf of older adults on the issue of abuse and neglect.

We hope this site is a useful tool for you to find more information about the abuse of older adults at a community, territorial, national, and international level.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Executive Director of the NWT Seniors’ Society, Barb Hood.

Information for this section was compiled using the following resources:

Ontario Network to Prevent Elder AbuseCanadian Network to Prevent the Abuse of Older AdultsManitoba Network for the Prevention of Abuse of Older Adults