Campaign Targets Elder Abuse Awareness in NWT

December 1, 2010
News Releases

December 1, 2010 - Financial abuse has been identified as the most common form of elder abuse in the NWT and the rest of Canada.

The Department of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the NWT Seniors’ Society and the YWCA, has launched a new campaign, “Together We Can Stop Elder Abuse,” to raise awareness and provide information on elder abuse – particularly financial abuse – in the NWT.

“Elders and seniors should always be treated with the utmost respect and dignity,” said the Minister of Health and Social Services, Sandy Lee. “No one should feel powerless or alone. There is support and services available to anyone who needs help.”

Seniors and Elders are among the fastest growing segment of the NWT population and are valued for the wisdom and service they provide by volunteering and remaining active within their communities.

One of the goals and priorities of the Department of Health and Social Services Action Plan, “A Foundation for Change,” include increasing supports and services for people who experience family violence.

For more information on elder abuse and family violence, visit the Department of Health and Social Services website: http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/.

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For more information, contact:

Damien Healy
Manager, Communications
Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927