about the council to reduce elder abuse

What is the Council to Reduce Elder Abuse?

The Council to Reduce Elder Abuse was formed as a response to the BC Government’s ‘Together To Reduce Elder Abuse’ Strategy and is made up of representatives from 15  agencies that deal with Elder Abuse during the course of their day-to-day operations.

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Every day in British Columbia, thousands of older adults are subjected to some form of physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse, and/or experience neglect.

This is unacceptable.

Too often, elder abuse goes unrecognized. It is often hidden, and the abuser and the victim may not even recognize the actions as abuse or neglect. When elder abuse is recognized, many people are unsure where to turn or how to get assistance.

Together, we can change this situation.

Recognizing Elder Abuse is The Critical First Step

We will never be able to address elder abuse if we do not understand what it is or what the signs of abuse look like. Once elder abuse is recognized, we must respond. Our response mechanisms need to be coordinated and as varied as the forms of elder abuse itself.

And above all, our responses must respect the dignity and independence of older adults. And we must seek to prevent elder abuse from occurring in the first place. This goal requires the participation of all British Columbians to ensure that elder abuse is prevented and, where it occurs, is addressed appropriately.

Learn more about recognizing elder abuse here: https://reduceelderabusebc.ca/identify-elder-abuse/.

Why Was The Council to Reduce Elder Abuse Created?

The Council was created in 2013 by the BC Government’s Ministry of Health. It emerged from the 2013 ‘Together to Reduce Elder Abuse‘ document. After this report, the now defunct Office to Reduce Elder Abuse was formed as well as the council.

The Council is made up of representatives from a number of agencies that deal with Elder Abuse during the course of their day-to-day operations.

You can learn more about the organizations that send representatives to the Council table here: https://reduceelderabusebc.ca/elder-abuse-organizations/

How To Get Connected With CREA?

The Council to Reduce Elder Abuse is made up of 15 representative organizations. Its role is to help create strategies for and among member agencies to better deal with elder abuse.

Current Council Members

  • Designated Agencies (Health Authorities and Community Living BC) Provincial Government (Ministry of Health, Ex officio)
  • Policing – (Oak Bay Police, RCMP E Division Crime Prevention and Support Services)
  • Legal (Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch)
  • Credit Unions (Central 1 Credit Union)
  • Family Caregivers (Family Caregivers of BC)
  • Seniors First BC
  • BC Association of Community Response Networks
  • Banking Sector (Canadian Bankers’ Association)
  • Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO)
  • Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)
  • BC Care Providers Association
  • Public Guardian and Trustee of BC
  • Aboriginal and First Nations