February 10th – 16th is Family Violence Prevention Week across PEI
Wednesday, February 13th is Wear Purple Day
Islanders are encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of the campaign, to remember victims of violence and their families and to demonstrate that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.
There will be an information session on Abuse of Older Adults hosted by the Town of North Rustico with special speaker Daneen MacDonald from PEI Family Violence Prevention.
When: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Where: Star of the Sea Seniors Club
Time: 1:00 PM (session will be no longer than an hour)
Tea, coffee and sweets will be provided
Everyone is welcome and no registration is needed.
This information session is funded by Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention’s micro grant program
Information taken from: http://www.stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca/seniors
Abuse of older adults is an abuse of power within relationships of family, trust or dependency. It always involves someone using their power over another person in a way that is hurtful. Abuse of older adults can include neglect, self-neglect and denial of civil and human rights.
Abuse of older adults often involves a family member. Yet anyone – a friend, care giver or any individual in a position of trust and authority can also be abusive toward an older person.
Abuse of older adults can happen in a person’s home, other residential settings or in the community.
Abuse of seniors is family violence. Speak up!
Abuse of older adults may…
- be a continuation of long-term partner abuse
- begin with retirement
- begin with the onset of a health condition
- occur in a new intimate relationship
- be committed by adult children, grandchildren, or other family members
There may be many reasons why older persons do not report abuse, including:
- fear of being sent to a nursing home
- fear of reprisal
- lack of awareness about what help is available and where to go for help
- shame of having raised an abusive child
- fear of not being believed
- nowhere to go
- fear of being denied access to grandchildren
- fear of being rejected by family
- intense family loyalty