Important update

As of March 13, 2020, we have suspended all in-person workshops until further notice, to reduce the threat to community health posed by COVID-19. However, we can offer many of our workshops remotely via Zoom. Please contact us at education [at] westcoastleaf [dot] org to inquire.


About the workshop

Designed for anyone who supports older women or advocates on their behalf, this three-hour training by West Coast LEAF and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law deals with legal rights and options for older women who are experiencing or escaping violence. This interactive workshop is grounded in a consideration of the overlapping inequalities faced by diverse older women, inequalities that can create barriers to getting safe and accessing justice.

Our Older Women’s Rights Matter workshop is just one of the tools created as part of our Older Women’s Legal Education Project, which aims to bridge the gap in accessible information about legal issues that particularly impact women who are older. Visit the project page to learn more!

Download the workshop poster in PDF format.


Workshop topics
  • The importance of discussing and understanding “elder abuse” and “violence against women” in an integrated way
  • Some of the insights, needs, and priorities shared by the 450 diverse participants of our Older Women’s Dialogue Project
  • An overview of Roads to Safety, our plain language legal handbook for older women fleeing violence
  • Legal information about capacity and decision-making rights; substitute decision-makers; the role of the health authorities and of the Public Guardian and Trustee in responding to reports of abuse or neglect of older women; pensions, including pension division after separation; and protection orders (topics may vary according to the learning needs of participants)
  • Applying legal information to a challenging scenario
  • Resources for further information and support



To train more service providers around BC in supporting older women with legal challenges in the context of abuse, we offered a two-part webinar version of our Older Women’s Rights Matter workshop in May 2016. We were grateful to be joined by lawyers Janneke Lewis (for Part 1) and Sheilagh Sparks (for Part 2), who assisted us with the question and answer portion of the webinars.

View the archived webinar videos on West Coast LEAFs YouTube channel:

If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing or prefer to read the text of the webinar rather than listening to it, download an approximate transcript of the webinar:


Funding to create this workshop has been generously provided by the BC Council to Reduce Elder Abuse (CREA). 

Funding for ongoing delivery of this workshop has been generously provided by the Province of British Columbia.