EAPO hosted a webinar on the Economic Abuse of Senior Immigrant Women in collaboration with WomenACT.

Age, gender and identifying as an immigrant woman, has been known to have significant experiential impacts, when it comes to gender-based violence and seeking help. The intersections of these factors can create situations of specific risk related to economic abuse.  The webinar focused on the dynamics and experiences of economic abuse among senior immigrant women. The presentation drew on findings from community-based research, conducted among service providers and senior immigrant women who have lived experiences of economic abuse.


Premila Chellapermal (she/her), Project Coordinator, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT)

Premila has worked in the violence against women sector in multiple jurisdictions and projects, including in the criminal justice and legal sector, shelter services, and crisis and community services. She has an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and an interest in intersectional gender-based violence research. She is currently leading projects with WomanACT  on senior women’s experiences of gender-based violence, and on intersections between employment and safety among racialized women in Toronto.

Resources from Webinar

Economic Abuse Among Senior Immigrant Women: Literature and Research Report

Economic Abuse Information Leaflets
The leaflet provides information for senior immigrant women on identifying and seeking help for economic abuse. The leaflet is available on the WomenAct Website in AmharicArabic, EnglishFarsiKoreanPunjabiSimplified ChineseSpanishTagalogTraditional Chinese and Urdu.

The Leaflets are also available on YouTube via audio recorded clips.

WomanAct Seeking Volunteer Project Advisors

WomanACT is seeking Volunteer Project Advisors to support the AGES project. Project Advisors will support in an advisory capacity on the project

as well as have an opportunity to plan and host training or community events on gender-based violence and senior women in the community. We are seeking women 55 years and older who have experienced intimate partner and/or family violence.

Engagement will take place between June 2022 and February 2023. Honorarium will be provided to volunteers.

Download the Project Advisor posting here.



For more information, or to express interest, please email Premila Chellapermal at:  [email protected].