IHA launches elder abuse hotline

By Tanya Cronin
June 21, 2016 - 4:51pm Updated: June 21, 2016 - 5:32pm

KAMLOOPS — Interior Health is urging the public to recognize the importance of reporting elder abuse and neglect. 

Elder abuse is prevelent right across the country, but it is chronically under-reported. The Interior Health Authority has created a hotline to assist seniors if they have concerns about abuse. 

Almost 16% of BC's population is over the age of 65, within Interior Health, that number is 22%. IHA officials say the toll-free number gives communities a way to stand up and speak out on behalf of those who may be unable to advocate for themselves.

"Their identity remains confidential all the way through, so when they call and let us know their name and phone number, that stays with us, it doesn't ever get back to the alleged abuser or the vulnerable adult," says Brett Butchart, Interior Health Knowledge Facilitator for Vulnerable and Incapable Adults.

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