Warawa acknowledges World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
OTTAWA, ON – Today, Member of Parliament Mark Warawa issued the following statement acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“Canada’s seniors built our nation into the strong and diverse country we live in today, and they play an important role not only in our own families, but in Canadian society. As citizens, we each have a role to play in honouring our seniors and ensuring that they can continue to live with dignity and respect as they age. This includes raising awareness about elder abuse, and taking action against elder abuse when we see it taking place in our communities,” said Warawa.
Elder abuse exists in many forms and covers a wide range of behaviours. It includes any action, deliberate behaviour, or failure to act by a person in a position of trust that causes or risks causing: physical, sexual or emotional harm, or damage to – or loss of – property or assets. Abuse may be a pattern of behaviour or a single incident.
“As the Member of Parliament responsible for Canadian Seniors, I am privileged to advocate for the safety, security and dignity of Canadian seniors in Ottawa and throughout our communities. On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I encourage Canadians to speak with their friends, families and loved ones about the many ways we can support and protect all Canadians - regardless of their age,” concluded Warawa.
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.
For non-emergency situations, referrals and information:
Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL)
The Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) is a safe, confidential place for older adults and those who care about them to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated, or to receive information about elder abuse prevention.
- Toll-free: 1-866-437-1940 or 604-437-1940 in the Lower Mainland
- Available 8:00 am – 8:00 pm daily (excluding holidays)
- Website: http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/programs/sail/
VictimLink BC is a confidential telephone service available across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
VictimLink BC provides information and referrals to all victims of crime, and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence. Interpreter services are available in more than 110 languages upon request, including 17 North American Aboriginal languages.
- Toll-free: 1-800-563-0808
- TTY (assistance for deaf and hearing impaired): 604-875-0885 or toll-free at 7-1-1
- Text: 604-836-6381
- Email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca
- Website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc