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The Toronto Declaration on the global prevention of elder abuse
Geneva : World Health Organization, 2002, 4 p.

http://www.who.int/ageing/projects/elder_abuse/alc_toro... (27-06-2003)
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Mots-clés principaux
:
Maltraitance
Prévention
Conférence de consensus
toronto


Résumé :

Abuse of older people has only recently been recognised as a global problem. INPEA's advocacy work and the emphasis given to elder abuse prevention by the World Health Organization have contributed signifi cantly to raising awareness worldwide. Academic institutions, around the world, have also substantially contributed to enhancing understanding and raising awareness and have developed methodological tools to study the problem. However, much is still to be done. On one hand more research is needed ­ for instance, along the lines of the seminal joint project "Global Response to Elder Abuse" which resulted in the publication "Missing Voices-Views of Older Persons on Elder Abuse" and on the other hand practical action at local, regional and national levels.

Twenty or thirty years ago, societies throughout the world denied the existence of violence against women and child abuse. Then, through research, came the evidence. As a result the civil society exercised the appropriate pressure for action from governments. The parallel with elder abuse is clear. This declaration is a Call for Action aimed at the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Points to be considered:
* Legal frameworks are missing. Cases of elder abuse, when identifi ed are often not addressed for lack of proper legal instruments to respond and deal with them.
* Prevention of elder abuse requires the involvement of multiple sectors of society.
* Primary health care workers have a particularly important role to play as they deal with cases of elder abuse regularly ­although they often fail to recognise them as such.
* Education and dissemination of information are vital ­ both in the formal sector (professional education) and through the media (combating the stigma, tackling the taboos and helping to de-stereotype older people).
* Elder abuse is a universal problem. Research conducted so far shows that it is prevalent in both the developed and the developing world. In both, the abuser is more often than not well known to the victim, and it is in the context of the family and/or the care unit that most of the abuse happens.

Langue : Anglais
Type d'ouvrage AQESSS : DECL
Doc n° : 15246
NumRec : 1524603
 

       

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