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Senior Abuse Network

project start date: January, 2016

Grey Bruce Seniors Safety Network

In 2015 concerned citizens and service providers came together looking for a way to address the abuse of seniors in Grey Bruce. Violence Prevention Grey Bruce established the Seniors Safety Network in 2017. Members come from health, social services, justice, seniors’ services, community groups and community champions.

The terms elder abuse and senior abuse describe the experience of older adults who are abused, usually by someone they know and often by someone they care about.

It is abuse whenever someone limits or controls the rights and freedoms of an older adult. The older adult is unable to freely make choices because they are afraid of being humiliated, hurt, left alone, or the relationship ending. When a spouse is abusive, it is called domestic violence. Ageism and attitudes about older adults are factors in abusive situations. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, spiritual or neglect.

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce can offer free training sessions and workshops about senior abuse. For more information and to arrange a training, e-mail the Grey Bruce Seniors Safety Network and Violence Prevention Grey Bruce.

What can neighbours, friends & family members do to help?

See it: recognize the warning signs of abuse

Name it: talk to the older adult and name your concern

Check it: ask questions, check with professionals, and community resources, help with safety planning.

General Advice
Be patient > Listen carefully > Ask what you can do >Respect their decisions, even when you don’t agree > Learn about safety planning > Find out about local services in your area

Information and Resources
Grey Bruce Seniors Safety Network

Elder Abuse Ontario

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Current Initiatives

Working Together Protocol

This Protocol outlines what happens when services and providers respond to sexual and domestic violence. It is designed to help service providers work together effectively and for the public to have a clearer understanding of how services and providers respond to sexual and domestic assault situations.

STOP Sexual Violence Survey

In 2017 and 2018, VPGB conducted research about sexual violence prevention in our communities. Read the findings here and join the conversation.

Anti-Human Trafficking Committee

The Human Trafficking committee formed in early 2018 to examine and respond to human trafficking in Grey and Bruce counties. Members represent…

Know Me(n) Better

In November 2017, the Men’s Program and its Advisory Committee offered a one-day forum called Know Me(n) Better at the Bayshore Community…

Senior Abuse Network

Grey Bruce Seniors Safety Network In 2015 concerned citizens and service providers came together looking for a way to address the abuse…

Workplace Violence

The Make It Our Business program provides multi-level training to prepare everyone in your workplace to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Community experts provide support to help you deal with the costs and challenges of domestic violence in the workplace.

No Wrong Door

Women and men who have concurrent mental health, substance abuse and trauma/abuse issues in their lives have complex needs that often make…

Building a Bigger Wave

Building a Bigger Wave is a provincial network of Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees. VPGB is a member and is working to…

Into the Open: Sexual Violence Prevention

In June of 2014 Violence Prevention Grey Bruce struck a sub committee to work with the community on sexual violence prevention in…

Research & Reports

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce has conducted many community based research projects over the years. View historic reports here.

We are leading the way to a safer community.

Our shared vision is an inclusive community where all people live their lives free from all forms of violence and oppression, and have equal access to the best of what the community has to offer.

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