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At least one out of every four women in Canada are abused. This violence occurs regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, education or financial status. If the abuse happens once, it is likely that it will happen again with increased severity.


What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is a pattern of coercive behavioUr used by one person in an intimate relationship to gain power and control over another. Abuse can be emotional, sexual or physical.  Abuse can also be economic, racist, sexist, homophobic, classest, ethnocultural.


You may be abused if your partner:

  • Puts you down and makes you feel like a nobody.

  • Makes it hard for you to leave the house or see your friends and family.

  • Makes you feel like you are walking on egg shells all the time.

  • Hits, pushes or physically hurts you.

  • Withholds money or other financial support.

  • Makes you have sex when you don’t want to.

  • Makes you feel afraid for yourself or your children.

  • Destroys your belongings.

  • Makes you feel guilty or blames you for what is happening.

  • Doesn’t give you enough money to look after yourself or the children.


Domestic abuse happens between people of all racial, economic, educational and religious backgrounds, in heterosexual and same-sex relationships; whether living together or separately with a partner, married or unmarried, in a short-term or long-term relationship, it can happen to you.


Signs of Abuse

  • Violent outbursts.

  • Isolation from family and friends.

  • Feelings of worthlessness.

  • Physical assault

  • Unwanted physical contact

  • Fear for self or children.

  • Threats of violence.

  • Threats of destruction of property or injury/death to pets.

  • Feelings of guilt or shame.

  • Insults, put downs, name calling.

  • Jealousy or accusations of cheating.

  • Broken promises to change.

  • Control of all the money.

  • Forced sex.