Elder Abuse Organizations in BC

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 prevention organizations in BC. Elder abuse prevention is a complex field with no quick fixes. It requires that we come together to ensure that we are all aware of the resources available to us.


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BC Association of Community Response Networks

BCCRN logoThe 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.

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

BCAAFC_LogoLocated 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.

BC Care Providers’ Association

BC-Care-Providers-logoEstablished in 1977, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is the leading voice of non-government operators providing continuing care services in British Columbia. BCCPA’s membership includes over 350 organizations delivering long-term care, home health, assisted living, commercial and associate members as well as independent living through its operating arm EngAge BC.

BCCPA members support more than 16,000 seniors annually in the long-term care and assisted living setting, and over 11,000 each year through home health care services.

BC Ministry of Health

BC-Ministry-HealthHealth 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 proactive 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.

Canadian Bankers Association

canadian-bankers-associationThe Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) represents more than 60 domestic and foreign banks and advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system.

The CBA promotes financial literacy to help Canadians make informed financial decisions. It administers two financial literacy seminar programs including Your Money Seniors– a set of three, free, one-hour, non-commercial seminars for Canadian seniors.

Seminars are presented by local bankers who volunteer their time and expertise to deliver the seminar to seniors’ groups.

Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch


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

central-1-credit-union-logoCentral 1 Credit Union provides financial products, payment processing solutions and direct banking services on behalf of the credit unions we represent.

Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO)

COSCO-News-logoThe 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

Vancouver-coastal-health-logoUnder 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 which provides education, resources and a response program to ensure frontline care providers are aware of and understand their obligations to:

  • Recognize: Identify situations involving abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults
  • Report: suspected cases of abuse, neglect and self-neglect to a Designated Responder
  • Act: Investigate and respond to reported cases

Find reporting contact information for all Health Authorities/CLBC

Download a print copy of VCH Designated Response Coordinators List

Abuse and Neglect Links:

Family Caregivers of BC

Family-caregivers-BC-logoFamily 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.


BC-Ministry-HealthBritish 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.

Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

PICS-logoPICS 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, and Translation services that can be accessed by vulnerable seniors.

Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is a corporation sole, established by the Public Guardian and Trustee Act. The PGT has the mandate to protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19 years, protect the legal, financial, personal and health care interests of adults who need help with decision-making, and administer estates of deceased persons and missing persons.

Learn more about the PGT’s services for vulnerable adults who may be experiencing abuse, neglect and self-neglect.


Seniors First BC

seniors-first-bc-logoSeniors 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.

Elder Abuse Organizations on the Financial Abuse Investigators Action Group

The Financial Abuse Investigators Action Group is co-chaired by CREA’s Public Guardian and Trustee representative and includes the following member organizations:

If you have other elder abuse organizations to add to our website, please email AdminSupport@ReduceElderAbuse.ca.