WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic violence happens to people from all walks of life. It usually affects women, but men can also experience domestic violence too. Domestic violence happens within the boundaries of the household or a relationship. Violence and abuse are types of behaviors that create an imbalance of power within a relationship. Domestic violence aims to establish power and control for the abuser over the person being abused within a relationship.
Partner violence – whether in a marriage, common-law, or a relationship – may happen just once, it may occur on a frequent basis, or it may happen sporadically. Abuse is never acceptable, no matter what type of violence one may experience or when they experience it. Blame should never be placed on any victim of violence. It is never the victim’s fault.
If you are in an abusive relationship, reach out to a trusted family member, friend, neighbour or professional who can work to help you safely leave the abusive situation. There are a variety of resources and help available to those who have experienced or currently are in an abusive relationship.
One thing to remember is that if domestic violence happens in your relationship, your family, or your neighbourhood, there are ways to be proactive and to help prevent this by learning about what domestic violence looks like. This will make you better equipped to effectively address issues in your community and to help any victim of domestic violence safely.
If you are planning and ready to leave an abusive relationship, click here to learn more. (link to safety plan)
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