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Elder Abuse

KCWA Family and Social Services is a non-profit organization established in 1985 by a group of women who were concerned with women and family issues and serves women, men, senior and youth all of them.

There are various other types of abuse that are being recognized such as medication abuse and spiritual abuse. All types of abuse or neglect hurt the older person.

Who are the Victims?

Elder abuse can happen to any older adult. In fact, contrary to commonly held beliefs, most victims of elder abuse are mentally competent and do not require constant care. Elder abuse usually occurs in situations where the victim of the abuse is dependent on the abuser in some way.

Who are the Abusers?

Elder abuse can be caused by family members, friends, staff or any individual in a position of trust and authority. Most elder abuse is caused by a family member of the victim.

What Should I Do If I Know Someone Being Abused?

Sometimes people know or suspect that a friend, family member, neighbour or acquaintance is being mistreated or abused and they are not sure what to do. They worry about getting involved, not saying the right thing or wrongly identifying the situation. If you know or suspect someone is being abused, make the effort to reach out to the person and talk to them. Ask things like :

  • How are you doing?

  • Are you having any trouble at home? Can I help you?

  • Is there someone I can put you in touch with who may be able to help you?

  • How would you like to be assisted?

Provincial Contact List

In an emergency, contact 911 or your local police, ambulance or _re service.

Ontario Provincial Police

1-888-310-1122 (24 hour toll-free)

Crime Stoppers

1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Ministry of the Attorney General’s Victim

1-888-579-2888 (toll-free)

Support Line or in Toronto


Seniors’ InfoLine

1-888-910-1999 (toll-free)
or in Toronto 416-314-7511
TTY 1-800-387-5559

Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse


Advocacy Centre for the Elderly


Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centre


Retirement Home Complaints Response and Information Service


Long-Term Care




Find Out More

For more information on elder abuse and access to publications, please visit:

Ontario Seniors' Secretariat


Elder Abuse Ontario