Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (formerly known as ONPEA, The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of The Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse and has been doing so since 2002.
The framework of the Strategy focuses on service coordination, building local capacity of front-line workers, caregivers, and community networks, by providing public education and training of professionals/service providers and families of seniors, to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.
Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario envisions an Ontario where seniors are free from abuse, have a strong voice and are safe and respected.
The mission of the organization is to create an Ontario that is free from abuse for all seniors:
“Stop Abuse, Restore Respect”
Make Ontario a better place for older adults.
Provide leadership in Ontario by enabling others to collaborate on the mandate.
Implement the Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse by:
educating professionals and the public, about elder abuse and neglect;
promote information-sharing among professionals and advocates involved in elder abuse prevention;
develop educational and training programs about prevention and intervention by professionals and caregivers;
advocate for legislative and broader societal actions, to meet the needs of seniors who are abused or at-risk, and their families;
provide services and support to victims of elder abuse and neglect; and
practice and promote sensitivity to diversity issues related to elder abuse.
EAO supports a variety of vital community programs and active collaborative initiatives to promote research, best practices and service delivery around elder abuse and neglect issues. Programs include inter-generational projects/outreach, positive aging initiatives, arts and aging, as well as providing ongoing support to over 57 Regional Elder Abuse Prevention Networks across the Province. EAO also encourages and engages in the innovation and advancement of education and training for professionals, caregivers and the public with local, provincial, federal and international agencies.