Protecting Elders from Abuse and Neglect

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to abuse because they often rely on others, including family members or caregivers for assistance and support in daily living. As well, an older adult’s experiences of abuse may be related to their living arrangement (they may be living alone, with family members or others, or in an institution).

Abuse of older adults can take on the forms of physical, sexual, psychological/emotional and financial abuse or neglect.

See what support and services are available if you are experiencing or witnessing abuse of older adults:

To learn more about abuse of older adults, visit the Government of Canada’s website:

You can also visit the NWT Network of Prevention of Abuse of Older Adults for additional resources:


Poster (11 x 17)

Poster (8 x 11)

Fact Sheet