What is Abuse?
Abuse can take many forms and represents a serious misuse of power, trust and dependency within a relationship. Those affected by abuse come from all walks of life. Abuse knows no boundaries regardless of your age, gender, religion, or financial status. Women, children and the elderly represent the greater percentage of those experiencing abuse.
Abuse is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Signs of Abuse
Does this sound familiar:
- Constantly question your whereabouts?
- Put you down?
- Treat you like a possession and not a person?
- Slap, hit, punch, choke or push you?
- Threaten to hurt you?
- Make other threats to control you?
- Force you to take part in sexual activity when you don’t want to?
- Make threats about what will happen if you leave them?
- Refuse to work or share money?
- Keeps you from your family and friends?
If any of these statements sound familiar to you, you are in an abusive relationship.
It is our experience that without intervention, this situation will get worse. If you would like to talk or get more information, help is available 1-877-774-4957 or firstname.lastname@example.org