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Family Violence Prevention
What is Family Violence?
About the Family Violence Prevention Program
- 10 women’s shelters that provide emergency shelter and counselling for women and children who are victims of family violence (also find accommodations for men who require a safe place).
- A provincial toll free crisis line that automatically links you with the nearest shelter that will provide safety.
- nine women’s resource centers that provide information and referral, individual counselling and support groups for women, as well as children's programming.
- four residential second-stage housing programs that offer protective, affordable, long-term housing for women who leave an abusive relationship, but need more than just physical protection.
- 14 specialized programs that provide individual counselling, open and closed support groups, longer term counselling, training for other service providers, public education, supervised access services for parents and their children and couples counselling.
Common Types of Abuse - Definitions and Examples
|Physical||Unwanted physical contact - slapping, pinching, punching, pushing, kicking, hair-pulling, burning, biting or cutting|
|Sexual||Unwanted sexual contact - sexual touching, forced sex, forced humiliating acts, offensive sexual comments, control of birth control, or being forced to watch or take part in sexual acts with a third party|
|Psychological/Emotional||Being forced by another person, to watch or take part in behaviour that is psychologically/emotionally harmful – threats, humiliation, put-downs, name-calling|
|Financial||Use of financial information or other resources (ex: property, possessions) to control and cause harm to another person|
|"Honour" Based Violence|
Fear of or actual forced marriage, controlling sexual activity, false imprisonment, forced abortion, and death.