January 31st, 2023

EAPO Annual Virtual Conference Series, 2023

Risk Assessment of Older Adults: Practical Tools for Early Detection and Intervention of Elder Abuse

Session: Stopping Older Person Gender-Based Violence in Women 55+ Through Promising Practices (STOP-GBV 55+).

Most screening and intervention tools addressing violence against women have been designed for younger women. The specific needs of women over 55 who experience gender-based violence – a generation all too often overlooked in communication and prevention efforts around intimate partner violence, consent, and sexual violence, represent a significant knowledge gap for many service providers.

In 2021, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) started work on the Stop GBV 55+ project with funding from WAGE Canada. This presentation will provide an overview of the project that aims to strengthen supports for older women who experience GBV by developing promising practices for front-line workers and senior service providers who assist them.

Particular attention will be given to women experiencing systemic barriers and oppression including Indigenous women, members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community, women residing in northern, rural, and remote communities, immigrant and refugee women, women living with a disability, and Francophone women. Bénédicte Schoepflin and Jessica Hsieh will present an overview of the ongoing work on the STOP GBV 55+ project and related engagement opportunities.


Bénédicte Schoepflin

Executive Director, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Directrice générale, Réseau canadien pour la prévention du mauvais traitement des aînés

Jessica Hsieh BA (Hons.)

MSW, PhD Candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Project Manager, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

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