Legal Remedies for Financial Abuse and Crime Project
The BC Association of Community Response Networks, is very pleased to have received funding from The Law Foundation of BC for this project. The Legal Remedies project delivered specific interdisciplinary training for CRN members and those who work with situations of financial abuse or crime. The project provided necessary legal education and increased relationship opportunities to support more effective and innovative community responses to financial abuse and crime. This educational and networking opportunity was offered to CRN members, community and government agencies, designated agency staff, police, lawyers, notaries, financial institutions, and the business community.
- Legal Remedies for Financial Abuse and Crime Project; Activity Report
- Legal Remedies for Financial Abuse and Crime Project; Workshop Presentation (2006)
Workshops on Legal Remedies for Financial Abuse and Crime against vulnerable adults were offered in communities throughout BC. Sessions were delivered over two years led by a core group of presenters but also, as much as possible, included local resource people as presenters. Those people included Designated Agency and financial institution staff, police, lawyers, CRN Coordinators and Mentors among others.
Impact of the Workshops
- Legal education training for CRN members in as many communities as possible
- More widespread and systematic spreading of financial abuse/crime public legal education information and materials throughout BC pre and post this project
- Better understanding in CRNs of the role of various players and the laws/legal remedies available to each of them to address financial abuse/crime
- Increased membership in CRNs
- Better coordinated community approaches to addressing financial abuse/crime based on stronger and more numerous collaborative relationships between responders
- Increased knowledge of how the laws work and interact in this area may help bring other often coexisting forms of abuse to light and further make the case for prevention being the best alternative for all concerned.
Two members of the CRN Mentor’s Team, Kathy Doerksen and Yvonne Kennedy, managed the project. The Executive Director of the BC CRN Foundation, Alison Leaney, was part of the advisory committee that assisted in preparation and implementation of the project. The project ran in 2005 and 2006.