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Elder abuse is a serious and growing problem, says OPP

Abuse can occur anywhere, warn police who are spreading awareness about this issue to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Monday
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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is spreading awareness and sharing resources in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which takes place on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Elder abuse is a serious and growing problem. It is estimated that six to 10 per cent of seniors aged 65 and over residing in Ontario are abused.

Abuse can occur anywhere, including in your own home, home of the caregiver, long-term care homes, retirement homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals.

Elder abuse refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that older adults may experience at the hands of their spouses, children, other family members, caregivers, service providers or other individuals in positions of power or trust.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day focuses on raising awareness of elder abuse to ensure we can all grow old feeling safe, valued and respected. This year's campaign encourages planting a tree or flower to honour those who are affected by elder abuse using the hashtags #UprootElderAbuse and #WEAAD2020. A video and additional content will be shared throughout the day on OPP Central Region's social media on Facebook @OPPCentralRegion and Twitter @OPP_CR.

June is also Seniors' Month in Ontario and resources will be shared all month to provide our vulnerable aging population with additional information and local resources to better protect themselves from becoming victims of crime.

Together, we can put an end to the physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial abuse of elders. The following are resources that may provide assistance to aging residents within our communities:

  • 211Ontario can help you navigate through a network of social services quickly and easily. Visit or call 2-1-1.
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, visit or call the Seniors Safety Line at 1-866-299-1011.
  • Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, visit

If you or someone you know has been abused or is experiencing abuse, you are not alone. Please call the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or in the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.