Absolutely. Thank you.
In the community setting, we see in many cases that older adults do not want to report family or friends and do not want criminal proceedings. They are dependent on the perpetrator for something, whether it be to help them get groceries, for transportation to a doctor's appointment or for tasks that allow them to continue living comfortably in the community. They do care about the person who is helping them.
From the work I do, we've seen a lot of success when we assist to put more resources in place so that older adult is no longer dependent on the person who is abusing them. They are able to access resources in the community, whether it be volunteers, social services or health services. Particularly during COVID, we've seen a wonderful uptick in these services and supports, where they no longer have to be so dependent on the perpetrator. They can go back to being family members without that extra complication of one depending on the other.