THE ELDER ABUSE HELP LINE
Are you, or someone you know, a victim of Elder abuse,
elder abuse? Don’t wait, the ELDER ABUSE
HELP LINE is there to listen and help.
The ELDER ABUSE HELP LINE is a free, anony IT’S REAL AND
mous and confidential service available IT HAPPENS !
everywhere in Québec from 8am to 8pm
everyday. Anyone can use this service; elders Let’s not turn a blind eye
in situations of abuse, family members, friends,
neighbours or anyone else who knows about
an elder who is being abused.
An experienced team of professionals is ready
to listen, offer advice and refer you to the
services that respond to your specific needs.
ELDER ABUSE HELP LINE
Don’t hesitate to call and talk
to us about your situation.
Let’s not turn a blind
eye to elder abuse
ELDER ABUSE, IT’S REAL DIFFERENT FORMS OF ABUSE HOW TO RECOGNIZE ABUSE?
AND IT HAPPENS!
Physical Certain signs can help detect situations of abuse.
Elder abuse is real, and it happens to many seniors. Being hit, pushed, forced to eat too quickly, For example:
It includes psychological or physical abuse, sexual or to wait too long to use the washroom...
abuse, financial or property abuse, negligence, and • Bruises, injuries, changes in behaviour,
depression, poor hygiene;
violation of human rights. Psychological or emotional
• Increase in the number of banking
Being humiliated, threatened, transactions, disappearance
infantilized, ignored or secluded... of objects of value;
• Social isolation.
“It’s hard to face up to it but there are a lot Sexual
more elderly people being abused in Québec Being harassed, fondled, or being victim to
inappropriate touching or exhibitionism... CONSEQUENCES OF ABUSE
than we’d like to think. That’s the reality of
the situation. And it’s happening right here, Financial or property
in our neighbourhoods, every day. It’s time Elder abuse impacts the quality of life of its
Being extorted or robbed, being victims; they tend to withdraw, feel anxious,
the issue were brought out into the open.” pressured about an inheritance... insecure, and confused, and can become
Bill Haugland depressed.
Journalist, TV host, news anchor…
Being discriminated against on In certain cases, the abuse goes so far that its
and senior citizen! the basis of age, receiving medical victims resort to suicide.
In connection with the governmental
treatments without consent...
elder abuse awareness campaign
Being ignored or not having basic To learn more about elder abuse and how it
needs met in a timely manner... can be detected, visit
Situations of abuse are often quite complex and
usually involve more than one form of abuse.
‘‘Manipulating, isolating, insulting, neglecting,
intimidating… What’s truly frightening is turning our
backs on this issue and pretending it doesn’t exist.”