Addressing elder abuse: The Waterloo restorative justice approach to elder abuse project 

Author(s)Groh, Arlene and Rick Linden
Title Addressing elder abuse: The Waterloo restorative justice approach to elder abuse project
Source Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 2011, Vol 23, No 2, pp 127-146.
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary This article reviews the Waterloo Restorative Justice Project which commenced in September 2000. The lead agency for the pilot program was the Community Care Access Centre of Waterloo, Ontario. The program had two major components: to provide community education about the restorative justice approach to elder abuse and the use of restorative justice to deal with elder abuse. The pilot was evaluated over three years, 2003 to 2005 and it was found that the program was very successful in raising the profile of elder abuse in the community. Two difficulties identified were the lack of referrals and difficulties in completing restorative justice circles. The Elder Abuse Response Team (EART) built on and broadened the initial pilot. The EART offers a single source of intake through its intake line and the problem with the earlier pilot program with lack of referrals is no longer an issue. Referrals increased dramatically and an intensive community and professional education program continues, including the establishment of an effective network involving the EART and its community members.
Keywords Elder abuse; restorative justice; circle; EART.
Topic Elder abuse