Elder Abuse is a contemporary issue that, given the projected demographics, is expected to intensify over the coming years. It is anticipated that by the year 2031, one in four people living in Ottawa will be over 65 years old, with the largest cohort of this demographic being aged between 79 and 84 years.
The Elder Abuse Section investigates all allegations of elder abuse where there is a relationship of trust/dependence between the victim and their abuser (cases of domestic violence are investigated by the Partner Assault Section). The Elder Abuse Section also works closely with front line workers to educate them and the public to help raise awareness of elder abuse and support for seniors and with the Ottawa Police Victim Crisis Unit (VCU) to provide counseling and resources to victims both throughout and following a police investigation.
The VCU can be reached at 613-236-1222, ext. 2223. If anonymity is a concern please contact Crime Stoppers at 613-233-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-222-8477. If you have an emergency situation, call 9-1-1. Also, Police have access to language services 24/7 and the Victim Crisis Unit, as well as other community partners have access to numerous resources that can assist members of marginalized communities.
Elder abuse is any act or gesture that harms or threatens to harm an older person (65 or older). It includes physical, sexual, financial, and psychological abuse, as well as neglect.
Elder abuse is the result of an individual having power and/or control over a senior, and the individual uses such power for their own interests.
Abusers are often family members who are dependant on the senior for money or shelter. Abusers may have financial or addiction issues, experience chronic unemployment, and may possibly have mental health problems.
Most victims are mentally competent and capable of making decisions on their own.
The following are some enabling provisions that permit the sharing of information with police under certain circumstances. As well, there is an immunity built into the same legislation. Please read the following;
71.(1) No action or other proceeding for damages may be instituted against a health information custodian or any other person for,
**A "health information custodian" is defined as
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Physical abuse (including sexual assault) is any act of violence causing or intending to cause bodily harm or physical discomfort.
Psychological/Emotional abuse is any action or comment instilling fear, emotional anguish or that diminishes self-esteem or dignity.
Financial abuse is any theft or exploitation of an individual's money, property or assets. It should be noted that, unless there is a relationship between the victim and the abuser, all frauds and scams against seniors are investigated by the OPS Fraud Section.
Neglect , either intentional or unintentional, is a lack of attention resulting in inadequate supervision and failure to provide the basic and essential needs required.
Police have access to language services 24/7 and the Victim Crisis Unit, as well as other community partners have access to numerous resources that can assist members of marginalized communities.