Elder Abuse

SRPC logo Breaking the Silence :

A Report on Elder Abuse in Perth County


Elder abuse is often referred to as ‘the hidden crime.’ It can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, mental abuse and neglect.

This report provides a overall picture of elder abuse. It is an information that is meant for everyone to recognize the signs and know the helpful service providers – particularly for those being abused and those concerned about a senior that may be being abused.

Included are risk factors, personal experiences, professional perspectives, and a listing of senior services in Perth and Huron Counties.

Breaking the Silence: A Report on Elder Abuse in Perth County (2009)

Breaking the Silence:
A Report on Elder Abuse in Perth County (2009)


“Among seniors who’ve been physically abused, 68% report the assault was committed by a family member.”
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
“96% of Canadians think most of the abuse experienced by older adults is hidden or goes undetected.”
Human Resources and Social Development Canada
 “22% of Canadians think a senior they know personally might be experiencing some form of abuse.”
Seniors Canada

“A test of people is how it behaves towards the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are true gold mines of a culture.”       

– Abraham J. Heschel

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