If you or a friend are in immediate danger, call 911 for help.
Any deliberate action or lack of action that causes harm to an older adult is elder abuse. The harm could be physical, emotional, financial or some combination, and is often caused by a close friend or relative. It is not your fault. It is controlling behaviour. Abuse does not stop on its own. If it is ignored, it will continue, and may even get worse. You can take actions on your own and with the help of others to end the abuse.
You may feel the need to protect your children, spouse or other family members, even if they are treating you badly. But abusive behaviour is not healthy for you or for your abuser. No one deserves to be hurt. It’s okay to reach out for help.
This site describes different types of abuse in non-institutional settings and how Canadian law protects older adults. If you want to view this information in bigger print, click on the large “A” at the top left, under the pictures. If you would like to view this information in the form of white type on a black background, please click on the black square next to the print button (also at the top left, under the pictures).
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