What Is Elder Abuse?
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In Ontario, there are a number of Programs and Services available to help to seniors (their families and caregivers) who are experiencing or at-risk of elder abuse. Agencies can provide options and support in helping to resolve abusive situations. Listed below, are but a few provincial organizations, that provide information and referrals to agencies which can provide further assistance, specific to the area in which you reside.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.
AWHL provides crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. We are funded by the Government of Ontario. ConnexOntario operates three helplines:
The Long-Term Care Action Line is a service to hear concerns and complaints from persons receiving service from Long-Term Care Homes and Community Care Access Centres (CCAC).
The RHRA is a not-for-profit organization that oversees retirement homes to make sure the law is being followed. RHRA staff process retirement home licence applications respond to calls about harm to retirement home residents and inspect retirement homes to make sure they meet the law’s standards. If you see or suspect harm or risk of harm to a resident resulting from: Improper or incompetent treatment or care, abuse of a resident by anyone or neglect of a resident by staff of the retirement home, unlawful conduct, misuse or misappropriation of a resident’s money
You must* report it to the Registrar of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, along with any other relevant information.
To make a report, call:
The Victim Support Line (VSL) is a province-wide, multilingual, toll-free information line providing a range of services to victims of crime.
The VSL offers: