About the Project

The purpose of this multidisciplinary study is to develop a comprehensive classification of risk factors for elder abuse in immigrant communities and to identify the most appropriate and culturally relevant strategies to address the risk factors in immigrant communities in Canada. The study builds on the literature and our own work in this area, and addresses a knowledge, policy, and practice gap identified by various stakeholders across Canada.


We will conduct structured group interviews with older women and men who have experienced abuse, family members, and formal and informal leaders from immigrant communities, and social and settlement service providers in the Greater Toronto Area. We will include two established and two recent communities from both the East Asian and South Asian immigrant communities:

  • Chinese

  • Korean

  • Punjabi

  • Tamil


Quantitative and qualitative data collected via structured group interviews will be used to identify common and unique risk factors and intervention strategies. We will pay particular attention to various social dimensions including:

  • Gender

  • Age

  • Culture

  • Length of stay in Canada

  • Fluency in English

  • Employment and income

  • Extended family co-residence.

The project will incorporate local knowledge and expert contributions from immigrant women and men, family members, community members, and service providers and policymakers at each phase of the study. The findings will contribute to the well being and social needs of older men and women in immigrant communities and to policy debate and practice change, which will have local, national, and international significance.