By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
As the holidays approach you begin planning family dinners and events, we would like to call attention to elder abuse awareness, especially between intimate partners. Just last year eighty-four year old Kathleen Wood was found dead. She lived in an adult lifestyle community in Guelph and her eighty-three year old husband, Alistair Wood was charged with murder.
Elder abuse awareness is an inter-sectional issue, complex as two elderly people are involved, both with limitations. Alistair’s state of being in the courtroom is reflective that, although not an excuse, services and resources, especially in adult communities should focus and address these issues.
This is a call to action, to encourage greater understanding of the elderly and their relationships, and those with caregivers and surrounding relations. Elder abuse continues to exist because of the lack of ability and autonomy of individuals to be heard and thus organizations such as the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and others like it can work towards addressing these problems.
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.
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