November 29th, 2023

EAPO Annual Virtual Conference Series, 2023

Inclusive Voices, Collective Power


Stopping Gender-Based Violence in Women 55+ Through Promising Practices

Age discrimination plays a significant role in devaluing and hiding the lives and stories of older women who are survivors of family violence. Identifying how specific groups are overlooked in the provision of services is needed to acknowledge diversity, strengthen the overall response and to address service provision gaps with effective interventions.

CNPEA and partners are leading the  STOP-GBV 55+ Project to bring light to how service providers across sectors and disciplines can learn from and support older women survivors. The project will gather stories, ideas and examples of innovation to inform and inspire.

Learn more about this groundbreaking work with Project Manager Margaret MacPherson and CNPEA Executive Director Benedicte Schoepflin.


Margaret MacPherson

Research Associate, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children

Margaret is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in London Ontario. Margaret designs and develops curriculum and related materials on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business, workplace domestic violence program and It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults.

Margaret is passionate in her belief that everyone has an important contribution to make in creating safe and supportive environments at work and in our communities.

Bénédicte Schoepflin

Executive Director, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA)

Bénédicte has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse since 2018. Prior to her work with CNPEA, Bénédicte managed a historic (and slightly haunted) house museum, right next door to the West End Seniors Network in Vancouver. She then worked with the BC Law Institute and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Though nothing predestined her to work in elder abuse prevention, Bénédicte cares deeply about making our society more equitable, inclusive and safe for all ages. Benedicte is an immigrant and settler on Turtle Island; originally from Avignon, in France, she now lives on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations, known today as Vancouver, BC.

You can connect with her at [email protected] or through CNPEA’s social channels at @cnpea.