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ELDER ABUSE


ELDER ABUSE


Elder abuse is about power and control. The abuser seeks to exert power over someone through mistreatment. This can include physical or sexual violence, verbal and psychological abuse or financial abuse. There are other forms of abuse including spiritual, racial and institutionalized abuse. Some forms of abuse are criminal acts, such as any form of physical force, including being forced to perform sexual acts. Death threats are also a crime in Canada. Only in the last decade or so has elder abuse made it into the public consciousness. As more people become


aware of the extent of the problem, it becomes more likely that resources will be made available to address the abuse of seniors. Take all reported cases of abuse seriously. If you know, or suspect, that you or someone else is being abused, seek help immediately!


Community Resources


NOVA VITA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION


59 North Park Street in Brantford, ON N3R 4J8 Services (24-hour Line): 519-752-4357


Nova Vita provides confidential support and advice to victims of domestic violence. Those concerned about a friend, co-worker, family member or client can contact Nova Vita for help, direction and support. Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact Nova Vita for sound confidential advice and support.


GANOHKWASRA FAMILY ASSAULT SUPPORT SERVICES


1781 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken 24-hour Crisis Line: 519-445-4324


Ganohkwasra provides shelter and support for Native men, women and children who are affected by family violence. There is a walk-in service and emergency shelter for adults and their children. Ganohkwasra has a number of programs to help families move on from family violence including advocacy, referrals and next-step housing.


VICTIM SERVICES OF BRANT


Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30 344 Elgin Street (in Brantford Police Station) Business hours line: Phone: 519-752-3140 After Hours: (Brantford Police Services) 519-756-7050


Victim Services of Brant is a non-profit community- 38


based agency, which assists police, fire and other emergency services in providing emotional and practical assistance to victims of crime, tragic circumstances and disaster. Clients can be referred through police and other emergency services or may be self-referred. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services are free and confidential.


SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE OF BRANT


211 Brant Avenue, Brantford, Ontario Phone: 519 751-1164 24-Hour Crisis and Support Line: 519 751-3471


Provides individual counseling and support groups for women of all ages. Services are available for victims of sexual assault or harassment both immediate and from past experience. Staff on the 24-hour Crisis Line can help arrange for an advocate on your behalf to accompany you to hospital, police or court. The Sexual Assault Centre maintains a list of counselors and other services in Brant County. A Resource Library is also available. A Public Educator and Outreach Worker are available to speak to groups upon request. The 24-hour Crisis Line is staffed by trained volunteers.


ONTARIO VICTIM SUPPORT LINE Phone: 1-888-579-2888


The Victim Support Line is a province-wide, toll- free information line providing a range of services in English and French to victims of crime. Seniors, or people calling on their behalf, can get help by calling the Victim Support Line and speaking to information counselors who have been trained to provide referral services on elder abuse.


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