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(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS, ON) – On August 17, 2017 at approximately 12:52 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended a residence in the Municipality of Grey Highlands and arrested a 47-year old male after he had committed an assault on an elderly female the night before.

The investigation revealed that on the night of August 16, 2017, the victim, a 92-year-old female, was watching television in her bedroom when her grandson, who resides with the victim, entered the room and struck her on the back of the head with his hand. The assault was unprovoked. She was not injured. The following morning the victim contacted police to report the incident.

The male, who was charged with assault, was held for a bail hearing scheduled on August 18, 2017. His next court appearance is on September 14, 2017.

Elder Abuse is a crime. It’s generally not reported or talked about. If you or someone you know has been abused or is experiencing abuse, help is available to them through the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA).

ONPEA is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abuse and neglect of older adults. They have developed and implemented a province-wide information and referral support line for seniors at risk.

This is a toll-free service accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with translation services in multiple languages available. The toll free seniors safety line is 1-866-299-1011.

For more information on elder abuse, visit www.onpea.org.