Elder Abuse

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Elder Abuse is any action or inaction perpetrated by a person in a position of trust, which jeopardizes the health and well-being of an elderly person.

Elder Abuse includes

  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychological/Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Financial Abuse or Exploitation
  • Medication Abuse
  • Violation of Civil/Human Rights
  • Active or Passive Neglect


Elder Abuse is usually perpetrated by a family member, a friend, a staff member in a residential setting, or anyone the elderly person relies upon for care. Elder abuse may also arise through a stranger who befriends an older person and manages to gain their trust. While victimization of our elders by anyone is tragic, the power of Elder Abuse is extreme. The damaging effects of Elder Abuse are tied to the complexities of any relationship of trust or dependency and compounded by the vulnerabilities that ageing brings.  

To add to the problem an elderly person may be reluctant to report criminal activity or the fact that they are victims themselves. This may be because of embarrassment, an effort to maintain their independence or a notion that no one will listen. If a family member is the source of the problem, the older person may fear reprisal from the immediate family or may simply be unwilling to hurt or embarrass a family member by reporting. Seniors may also feel isolated and lack the resources physically, mentally, emotionally or financially, to get out of the situation they find themselves.

The RCMP can help in situations of Elder Abuse and can intervene on behalf of any victim. If you would like to report a crime of Elder Abuse call 250-748-5522. The Community Policing Offices have trained volunteers who may also be able to assist you and to provide useful information and resources. Call 250-701-9146



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Duncan/North Cowichan Community Policing & Crime Prevention Office
#3 - 149 Canada Avenue
Duncan BC V9L 1T4
Phone: 250-701-9145
Fax: 250-701-9147
Manager: 250-701-9146

Cowichan Bay Community Police & Crime Prevention Office
1721 E Cowichan Bay Road
Cowichan Bay BC
VOR 1N0
Phone: 250-701-0961
Fax: 250-701-9160

Chemainus Community Police & Crime Prevention Office
9847 Willow Street
Chemainus BC VOR 1K0
Phone: 250-246-4382
Fax: 250-246-9174

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