The Government’s action plan 2010-​2015 to prevent elder abuse

August 15, 2010 by Marguerite Blais
Plan d’action gouvernemental 2010‑2015 pour contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées
The action plan is the result of a joint commitment of 13 government ministries and agencies. It includes close to 40 recommendations intended to prevent abuse, to identify situations in which seniors may be victimized and to intervene more rapidly and efficiently so that the abuse ceases.

Over the next 5 years, the Québec government will invest 20 million dollars to implement four key measures to prevent elder abuse and to strengthen the work of partners.

  1. Public Awareness Campaign.
    Different public messages will be presented on major television channels in the province, in English and in French. These messages are targeted at all citizens to ensure that they develop a common understanding of what constitutes abuse and are sensitized to various types of abuse. A website and posters devoted to the issue will also be used to inform and educate the public.
  2. Introduction of a telephone hotline for support and referrals.
    A toll-free number will be in place next fall, for all of Québec, to provide a support service and to provide specialized references to victims of abuse or those who witness it. This telephone hotline will also allow abused persons to contact suitably qualified professionals who can answer their specific questions.
  3. Establishment of Regional Co-ordinators.
    In order to ensure that these efforts to combat elder abuse are efficiently coordinated, the government will establish regional coordinators. Their mission will include creating a profile of the services and resources available in their territory and then to establish a close relationship with local stakeholders to ensure greater effectiveness of services intended to prevent elder abuse.
  4. Creation of a university research ‘chair’.
    The government will finance the creation of a research chair on elder abuse at the University of Sherbrooke. The objective is the increase the knowledge of researchers and practitioners from here so that they can improve the prevention, identification, and intervention services provided to help abused seniors. The efforts of the Chair will focus on vulnerability and risk factors of seniors living in abusive situations. The researchers will also be studying suicide in the elderly.

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