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Abuse of older adults is a serious issue in Canada. Over the years, project investments to address the issue have been made by different levels of government. It's Not Right! is one example. A pan-Canadian approach can help align and build on these investments to improve our current state.
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How are we addressing elder abuse in British Columbia?
Do we have a provincial/territorial:
Elder Abuse Strategy/Action Plan? Yes (2013)
Provincial/Territorial Elder Abuse Network? yes
Does it have annualized government funding? yes
Are there local elder abuse networks operating? yes
Do they receive government funding? yes
What department is responsible for seniors?
BC Community Response Network
The British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN) grew out of the need to create an on-going, permanent provincial funding and support structure for the benefit of local CRNs and adults in their communities experiencing abuse, neglect and self-neglect. The Association provides small project funding, materials, training, support people and maintains a website to assist Community Response Networks in their work.
At the local level, CRNs facilitate prevention and education activities with local stakeholders toward an end to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of adults in British Columbia. In liaising at the provincial level through their Regional Mentors and the Executive Director, CRNs assist in identifying common themes, barriers and issues which require work at the regional, provincial and sometimes national level.
Funded by the B.C. Government
The British Columbia Government website provides information about elder abuse
Protection from Elder Abuse
Includes Helplines, Fact Sheets, Resources and Publication links