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Service Providers- Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Older Women

Created in collaboration with Elder Abuse Ontario, this self paced module is focused on the specific needs, and survivor-centred responses required to better support older women who have experienced violence. Includes types of abuse, barriers for older women, understanding legislaltion, risk assessments and communication strategies for working with older women.

Learning objectives include:

  • Know the physical and emotional signs associated with abuse in older women.
  • How to build a therapeutic relationship with the older woman.
  • Appropriate use of assessment tools. Have the ability to effectively communicate with older women.
  • Knowledge of the barriers to disclosure of abuse in older women.


Colonization, Oppression & Racism: Understanding Violence against Indigenous women who are older

On October 24th, 2018, in partnership with Elder Abuse Ontario, the Aging Without Violence project hosted a webinar entitled "Colonization, Oppression and Racism: Understanding Violence against Indigenous women who are older."

Sponsored by OAITH and funded by the government of Ontario, the webinar featured Amber Skye, Researcher at Six Nations of the Grand River and includes an overview of the Aging Without Violence project. 



Supporting Older Adults to Create A Safety Plan

EAO Regional Consultant Rochella Vassell presents on safety planning for older adults in unhealthy relationships. A toolkit is also available.



Working at the Intersection of the Elder Abuse and Violence Against Women Sectors: An Interdisciplinary Forum of International Leaders to Advance Research, Policy, and Practice.

This international knowledge exchange forum, hosted by Women's College Research Institute at Women's College Hospital, the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centers, and Elder Abuse Ontario was held in November 2017. The purpose of the forum was to bring together key stakeholders, including established and emerging scholars/researchers, government decision-makers, leaders of professional associations, directors of service provision, and trainees to learn from interdisciplinary and international experts working at the cutting edge of the elder abuse and violence against women sectors.

Learning Modules:

  • Primer on Intersectionality for Learning Modules
  • Learning Module 1: Competing Frameworks of Elder Abuse and Violence Against Women with Presenter Dr. Patricia Brownwell
  • Learning Module 2: Activism and Advocacy for Bringing About Change for Abused Older Women with Presenter Dr. Jane Mears
  • Learning Module 3: Promising Practices for Responding to Older Women who have Experienced Violence with Presenter Janice Abbott
  • Learning Module 4: Public Awareness and Community Mobilization to Address Domestic Violence in Older Women with Presenter Margaret MacPherson
  • Learning Module 5: Building Partnerships Across the Violence Against Women and Elder Abuse Sectors with Presenters Cailin Crockett and Bonnie Brandl



Abuse of Older Women Webinar

Barbara MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children and Margaret MacPherson, Research Associate, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, hosted this webinar on January 22nd, 2015. They discussed the nature of abuse experienced by older women, barrier to reporting or seeking assistance, consequences of abuse to older women, the It's Not Right! Campaign. Access the webinar recording, presentation slides, document to be reviewed, and videos used during the presentation.

Discussed in this webinar:

  • Nature of abuse experienced by older women
  • Barriers to reporting or seeking assistance
  • Consequences of abuse to older women
  • It's Not Right Campaign 



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