Elder abuse: It’s happening all around us

And it’s one more reason not to legalize assisted suicide

November 8, 2012 | by Derek Miedema
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  4. Family violence refers to violence committed by spouses, children, siblings, and extended family. See Sinha, M. (2010). Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2010. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2012001/article/11643/hl-fs-eng.htm#a4
  5. Ibid.
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    For proposed changes in Canadian law with respect to elder abuse, see Bill C-36, which would add “vulnerability due to age as an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes.” Retrieved from http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5770441&File=19