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Who we are

Elder Abuse Ontario is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of The Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse and has been doing so since 2002.

The framework of the Strategy focuses on service coordination, building local capacity of front-line workers, caregivers, and community networks, by providing public education and training of professionals/service providers and families of seniors, to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.

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What we do

Elder Abuse Ontario envisions an Ontario where seniors are free from abuse, have a strong voice and are safe and respected.

The mission of the organization is to create an Ontario that is free from abuse for all seniors:

“Stop Abuse, Restore Respect”

Why us?

Elder Abuse Ontario strives to promote a coordinated, stronger voice for Ontario’s Seniors, to design, deliver and advocate for direct services and programs locally and provincially and to provide leadership for research and policy development and advocate for the prevention of elder abuse. 

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Countdown to EAO’s Symposium



Dr. Jane Mears

Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney Australia, School of Social Services

Dr. Patricia Brownell

Associate Professor Emerita of Social Service, Fordham University

Janice Abbott

Chief Executive Officer, Atira Women's Resource Society

Laura Tamblyn Watts

Master of Ceremonies – Laura Tamblyn Watts


Day 1
22 Nov 2017
8:00 am

Registration & Networking Cafe

Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse is Everybody’s Business: Working Together to Prevent Violence and Abuse Towards Older People

Older women make up the majority of those impacted on by elder abuse and domestic violence. They face discrimination based on age, gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality and disability, are...
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Dr. Jane Mears

Facilitated Discussion : Community Activism

Community leaders who are focused on creating a social movement will discuss innovative programs and promising approaches to shift how society supports and responds to the needs of older adults...
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Dr. Jane Mears
10:10 am – 10:30 am

REFRESHMENT and NETWORKING BREAK – Poster Presentations and Exhibit Forum

Older Women and Neglect, Abuse and Violence from an International Perspective

Elder abuse and domestic violence have been viewed as dichotomous when in fact they are not mutually exclusive. However, this has contributed to fragmentation of services for older women who...
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Dr. Patricia Brownell

Panel Discussion: Older Women and Neglect

Panel Members: Sheila Macdonald, MN, Clinical Manager, Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre Bay Centre for Birth Control, Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Network of SADVTC’s, Women’s College Hospital Janice Du Mont,...
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Dr. Patricia Brownell
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Women & Transitional Housing – Promising Practices

Presentation offers women’s anti-violence and anti-oppression lens with information about innovative housing projects for older women fleeing violence.
Janice Abbott

Panel Discussion: Housing Options

Panel Members: Birgit Niggenbaum-Pervis, Senior Transitional and Housing Support Counsellor, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis Lisa Manuel, Director, Changing Lives, and Family Violence Programs, Family Service Toronto
Janice Abbott
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


Knowledge Exchange: Innovative Collaborations with Community Partners

EAO will showcase successful collaborations with community partners and its impact in elder abuse prevention and response. Presenters: Raeann Rideout, Central East Regional Elder Abuse Consultant, Elder Abuse Ontario Rochella...
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Closing Remarks

Laura Tamblyn Watts, Master of Ceremonies  Maureen Etkin, Executive Director, Elder Abuse Ontario


University of Toronto, Hart House
Toronto, Ontario

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