Members of The Council to Reduce Elder Abuse (CREA) represent organizations that help prevent or address elder abuse. If this is an emergency or more urgent situation, please see the ‘Report Elder Abuse in BC‘ page. Find a listing of elder abuse organizations here.
This is by no means a comprehensive listing of elder abuse organizations in BC. Elder abuse prevention is a complex field with no quick fixes. It requires that we come together to reduce elder abuse.
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The Council to Reduce Elder Abuse Organizations
The BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) works at the local community level with service providers, agencies, and committed community members. Together they build a coordinated community response to the abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults.
Located in Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia. Friendship Centres provide a number of quality services to the Aboriginal communities located in an urban setting.
- Learn more and become a part of ‘Honouring Our Elders’ Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Action Plans
The BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is the largest industry association representing the seniors care sector in British Columbia. It is the voice for the majority of the B.C.’s non-government providers of residential care, assisted living, home care and home support.
Health authorities make up the majority of the Designated Reporting Authorities under the Adult Guardianship Act. Medical staff and hospital-based social workers are often on the front-lines of abuse issues and the Ministry of Health is pro-active in supporting a wide variety of elder abuse prevention, reporting and investigation programs.
- The Ministry of Health provides information and a variety of downloadable materials in English, French, Traditional Chinese or Punjabi.
The Canadian Bankers Association promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions. It sponsors two financial literacy seminar programs including Your Money Seniors. The Association also works with banks and law enforcement to help protect customers against financial crime and promote fraud awareness.
The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) is actively involved in the development of policy and law reform as well as lobbying on matters identified by members.
Central 1 Credit Union provides financial products, payment processing solutions and direct banking services on behalf of the credit unions we represent.
The Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization (COSCO) is an umbrella organization made up of many seniors’ organizations and individual associate members. COSCO now represents approximately 80,000 seniors in British Columbia.
Designated Agencies: Health Authorities/Community Living
Under the Adult Guardianship Act, Health Authorities and Community Living BC (CLBC) are required to investigate situations of suspected abuse, neglect or self-neglect. ReAct is the VCH Elder Abuse program.
- Program teams and community partners can access ‘ReAct’ worshops.
- Find reporting contact information for all Health Authorities/CLBC
- Download a print copy of VCH Designated Response Coordinators List
Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit charity dedicated 100% to supporting family and friend caregivers. They offer the BC Caregiver Support Line, support groups, webinars and other online resources to support and educate caregivers, as well as working with the health system to identify, support and include caregivers as partners in care.
British Columbia receives police services from:
Several other agencies and integrated teams provide supplemental or dedicated policing. They include the transit police for the Metro Vancouver area, an enhanced police force at the Vancouver International Airport, two federal railway police forces and integrated teams throughout the province.
PICS provides a broad spectrum of programs and services which includes Employment Programs, Settlement Services, Language Services, Social Programs and Housing Services. Services assist new immigrants, seniors, farm workers, women and youth.
- PICS offers Assisted and Independent Seniors’ Housing, Better at Home, Counselling, and Translation services that can be accessed by vulnerable seniors.
The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) mission is to safeguard and uphold the legal and financial interests of children; manage the legal, financial and personal care interests of adults needing assistance in decision making; and administer the estates of deceased and missing persons.
- The PGT’s services for adults.
- Assessment & investigation (including reporting forms).
- Assessment and Investigation brochure.
Seniors First BC works to prevent elder abuse across the entire province. We provide assistance and support to older adults who are, or may be, abused and those whose rights have been violated. We provide programs that educate, support and advocate on behalf of our clients.
- Seniors’ Abuse and Information Line (SAIL)
- Find and request a workshop for your organization
- Learn more about victims’ services and legal programs
- Browse video and print resources.
Elder Abuse Organizations on the Financial Elder Abuse Taskforce
The Financial Elder Abuse Taskforce is chaired by CREA’s Public Guardian and Trustee representative and includes the following member organizations:
Consumer Protection BC’s purpose is to license and inspect regulated businesses, respond to consumer inquiries, investigate alleged violations of consumer protection laws and educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. Our vision is a province where all citizens of BC are empowered in their transactions as a result of rigorous and consistent business compliance and through the provision of information.
The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) runs The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) whose work is focused on issues of interest to older adults.
- Download: Engaging Older Women In Your Community: A Promising Practices Guide For Women’s and Seniors Serving Organizations.
The company delivers a wide range of services. For clients who can no longer stay at home, Salvador-Davis can look after all the details of finding suitable accommodation, moving, cleaning and re-directing mail.
The Meridian Aging Project (MAP) provides seminars and training programs to improve the quality of life for all older adults. MAP’s initial offering provides a curriculum to train individuals, businesses and government how to identify, prevent and report the financial abuse of older adults.