Protection from Elder Abuse and Neglect

Protection from Elder Abuse and Neglect

VICTORIA (June 15) – Today – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – we are reminded that elder abuse in any form is wrong.

Unfortunately, some seniors suffer from abuse and neglect, sometimes from caregivers or family members. Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or spiritual.

Neglect and self-neglect are also forms of abuse. Self-neglect happens when a senior lives in a way that puts his or her own health, safety, or well-being at risk.

BC government guide: Where to get help

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 or call the emergency number listed in the front of your phone book.

In non-emergency situations, there are many organizations that can help abused or neglected seniors or their friends and family get help and protection. See:

Information kits

The Government of B.C. has developed an Information Kit to help older adults learn how to prevent abuse, recognize abuse when it happens, know how to respond and know where they can find assistance. These resources can also be used by organizations to host workshops or seminars to increase awareness about elder abuse in their communities.

You can download copies of the brochures in English, French, Traditional Chinese or Punjabi:


  1. Elder Abuse Awareness(Government of Canada web page)
  2. Responding to Elder Abuse: Resources (PDF, 297KB)
  3. Financial Abuse: Protecting British Columbia’s Seniors (PDF, 286KB)
  4. Are You Dating? Older Adults and Healthy Relationships (PDF, 270KB)
  5. How to Tell Someone You Are Being Abused: Starting the Conversation (PDF, 240KB)
  6. Seniors Abuse and Information Line (PDF, 2.3MB)
  7. Be Fraud Aware (PDF, 3.7MB)This information is provided by the BC Securities Commission

Fact Sheets

  1. Are you dating (PDF, 121KB)
  2. How to tell someone you are being abused (PDF, 112KB)
  3. Responding to Elder Abuse (PDF, 110KB)
  4. Financial Abuse (PDF, 112KB)


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