Elder Abuse Awareness Program
The “See Something, Say Something” Elder Abuse Awareness program is a collaboration between Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, seniors’ support agencies and the police.
The initiative is designed to provide seniors with a safe and anonymous method to report what they know about suspected criminal abusive behavior. Due to the personal nature of these offenses, older people are often too ashamed, embarrassed and fearful of retaliation to report it directly to police or persons of authority. In addition, the Metro Vancouver area is home to many new immigrant families, which may result in language and cultural barriers preventing immigrant older adults from reporting crime. Research suggests that to address these issues, it is important to educate seniors and give them a voice in the community.
Seniors are trained to present and educate seniors groups of the various ways that they can report suspected physical, emotional, financial or other criminal activities targeted at seniors to Crime Stoppers, social agencies or the police.