“Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence and Our Justice System”


Friday September 23rd, 2016             08:30 AM - 4:30 PM EDT

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Springfield Golf and Country Club   2054 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1L 1G6

Registration Fee: $95.00

Please pay via paypal or by cheque by September 12th, 2016.

Please note that there is a $30.00 non refundable administration fee. We require 72 hours notice of a cancellation. No refunds will be provided 72 hours prior to the conference. You may send a substitute and notice must be provided via email to the conference contact 24 hours prior to the conference.




Rochella Vassell
Elder Abuse Ontario


  • Linda Elliott, Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG)
  • Joslyn Gaston, Mental Health Court Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • John Hunt, Guelph Police Service
  • Birgit Niggebaum Pervis, Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis
  • Liz Kent, Executive Director, Victim Services of Guelph
  • Penny Leach, Manager, Wellington-Dufferin County Victim Witness Assistance Program
  • Taren Hardacre, Seniors at Risk Coordinator, CMHA
  • Cathy Sturdy Smith, Manager, Specialized Geriatric Services, CMHA 
  • Farial Ali, Coordinator, Safe Bed Program Peel 
  • Sian Lockwood, Systems Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington 
  • Andrea Ninacs, Staff Sergeant, Guelph Police Service


 Featured Presentation Topics:  

  • The role of the Crown in Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence 
  • Supporting older adults through the mental health court system who have cognitive impairment or mental health issues
  • The role of law enforcement in responding to elder abuse and domestic violence
  • Supporting older adults through the social services system
  • Safe beds in Peel, Guelph and Dufferin
  • The new safe pathways program in Guelph