The Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service has provided the following information to help ensure the safety of the seniors in our community. We encourage seniors in our community, and their loved ones, to contact police if elder abuse is occurring or there is a safety concern that requires police assistance.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is most often defined as: single or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person (World Health Organization, 2002).

Elder Abuse can be:

  • Slapping, pinching, or punching
  • Other rough handling
  • Sexual assault
  • Forced confinement
  • Inadequate hygiene
  • Administration of medicine (too much or not enough)
  • Failure to ensure appropriate medical care
  • Emaciation, malnourishment, dehydration
  • Dishonest use of money or assets
  • Overcharging for services
  • Misuse of Power of Attorney 
  • Verbal assaulsts
  • Humiliation
  • Intimidation
  • Social Isolation
  • Being treated as a child

What are the possible signs of Elder Abuse?

The following signs and symptoms should not be ignored and may be a sign of Elder Abuse:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Fear, uneasiness
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal or passivity
  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor nutrition
  • Missing personal belongings
  • Lack of food, clothing, or other necessities
  • Unusual bank withdrawals
  • Unusual legal activity related to wills or other documents

What to do if you suspect Elder Abuse?

If you suspect elder abuse, we encourage you to seek information, support, and confidential advice from the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service

For non-emergencies, call 519-245-1250

In an emergency, call 911.


Victorian Order of Nurses

  • 274 Head St. N., Strathroy, Ontario, N7G 4L7
  • Telephone: 519-245-3170 or 1-800-265-7058; Fax: 519-245-3164

Seniors Safety Line

  • Telephone: 1-866-299-1011