The Support for Abused Elder Abuse Project in the Vallée-du-Haut-St-Laurent (SAVA-VHSL) aims to counter maltreatment of seniors in the region. If you or someone close to you is a victim of abuse, this site can refer you to resources that can help you.

What is abuse?

There is abuse when a singular or repetitive action, or lack of appropriate action, intentional or otherwise, occurs in a relationship where there should be trust, and that causes harm or distress to an elderly person.

Trailer of the SAVA (support for the victims of elderly abuse) capsules to inform and raise awareness to counter mistreatment against the elderly and promote well-treatment

To participate in an information and awareness-raising activity

If you are interested to participate in an information and awareness-raising activity to better understand what is mistreatment and well-treatment towards the elderly, we invite you to contact us for more information:

Phone: 450 424-0111 ext. 233

Identify the abuse

Forms of abuse

Violence: Maltreating an elderly person or have them act against their will, using force and/or intimidation.

Negligence: Neglecting an elderly person, especially through lack of appropriate action to meet their needs.

The intent of the abuser

Intentional abuse: The abuser wants to hurt the elderly person.

Unintentional abuse: The abuser does not want to cause harm or does not understand the harm it causes.

Caution: The signs and the situation should always be evaluated to avoid hasty conclusions or labels.

Victim of what type of abuse?

Witness or victim of abuse?


If you are a witness or believe that you are witnessing a situation of abuse, do not hesitate to contact a resource who can guide you. It is important to respect the choices of the person dealing with abuse but you do not have to be alone with a secret that makes you unhappy.

  • Be attentive
  • Do not put yourself in any danger, ensure your safety and ask for help


If you feel you are experiencing a situation of abuse, the first step in improving the situation is to talk to someone. It can be a specialized resource but also someone around you who you trust. Do not remain alone with the situation and remember that you are not responsible for it. Do not hesitate to contact a resource who can give you information or guide you in the steps you wish to take.

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