Diversity BC Community Services Society 

          Our Vision  -  For all seniors to  live with respect and  dignity in a safe environment

Elder Abuse Awareness Network

Any senior can become a victim of elder abuse regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income or education.

There is limited data about elder abuse in British Columbia, and throughout Canada. A key reason is that many cases of elder abuse go unreported. However, various studies estimate that around eight per cent of older adults in B.C. are likely to experience abuse, but some experts believe that the figure is much higher because more that 80% of the abuse is never reported.

Shame or guilt may stop a senior from revealing their abuse. Sometimes victims simply do not have the capacity to report it. Whether a victim is unable or unwilling, some of the barriers to revealing elder abuse include: fear; love for the abuser; lack of understanding or impairment; unaware of resource options; or acceptance of abuse or neglect as normal.

So who are the abusers?

Elder abuse is often committed by someone known to the victim, such as a family member, friend, or caregiver. Approximately 25 per cent of crimes against older adults are committed by family members, usually a spouse or adult child. Abusers can also include friends, neighbours, paid care providers, landlords and staff, or any individual in a position of power, trust, or authority.

What does DiversityBC offer?

DiversityBC's current mandate is to create Elder Abuse Awareness in the Metro Vancouver area by offering a variety of programs and seminars in English, Korean, Chinese and Punjabi.