Abuse or violence can occur in any family. It can happen to anyone regardless of their gender, age, income level, or ethnic background. It may occur only once, but sometimes, it continues. It may be used as a means of controlling the other person and forcing them to behave in certain ways. It often reflects the imbalance of power between the victim and the abuser.
In any form, abuse and violence profoundly affect individual health and well-being.
This web site provides basic information about domestic abuse and what you can do about it whether you are a victim or someone else who cares about what is happening. For ease of reading, we refer to the victim as ‘she’. However, the information will be helpful to men as well.
Learning About Abuse
- Facts About Abuse
- The Effects of Relationship Violence
- What the Law Says About Abuse
- What You Can Do If You Have Been Abused
- Why People Stay in Abusive Relationships
When the Law Gets Involved
- Information for a Sponsored Person with Conditional Permanent Residence
- Information for LGBTQ
- Information for Friends and Family
For more resources on family violence see: www.willownet.ca/resources