The BeFAIR Service (Building an Elder Financial Abuse Response) is a registered charitable not-for-profit organization (84183 5986 RR0001) devoted to developing a response to senior financial abuse by designing and implementing a strategy to deal with the abuse in Niagara and received funding from Justice Canada in September 2015 to complete that work.
This project to develop and implement a Community Response Network dedicated to assisting seniors who are (or may at some time be) victims of financial abuse (CRN-F), is a result of research and design work completed on the BeFAIR Project funded by Justice Canada, Victims Fund in 2014. That project recorded 1104 incidents of senior financial abuse over a two year period, proving conclusively that the abuse was occurring in Niagara. The research indicated a need for a new service to assist victims.
Successful responses to senior abuse involve a whole community. This is referred to as a Community Response Network or CRN. BeFAIR's Niagara network, which is solely a response to financial abuse, is referred to as a CRN-F. The Niagara network will focus on only financial abuse of older adults. Any other form of senior abuse will be referred to other appropriate services in the community better equipped to address these forms of abuse.
A Community Response Network develops a framework for addressing the abuse of older adults that is shared and supported by individuals and organizations throughout the community.
The goals of a Community Response Network to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse and Assist those who have been Abused (CRN-F)are to:
A CRN-F needs to connect with the following Community Services: financial institutions, legal services, social service agencies, seniors organizations, service providers, health services (i.e. physicians, community nurses, home care), counseling services, police, mental health services, seniors housing services, government services for seniors (i.e. public guardian/ trustee, veterans affairs, income security programs)
PHASE ONE: Developing and Testing the Model (estimated time frame Sept./15 to Feb./16)
PHASE TWO: Implementing the Model (estimated time frame Mar./2016 to July/2016)
Although we are a Niagara-based organization, our plan is to develop a model for a community response to senior financial abuse that can be used in any area of the province.