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Help for Immigrants

Immigrant women who are victims of family violence face special problems. Because of their different languages and cultures, they often feel isolated from other people. This is sometimes made worse by a violent spouse or other family member, and they may not get any help from their cultural communities.

If you are a victim of family violence, It's NOT YOUR FAULT. You:

  • do not deserve to be abused
  • have the right to live without fear
  • have the right to control your own life and make your own decisions

Family violence is a crime in Canada and is NOT acceptable

Another kind of abuse immigrant women may face is threats to have them deported or to have their children taken away. This is mental abuse, often used to break down a woman’s self-confidence.

Remember: Even if you are not a Canadian citizen, you do have rights while living in Canada. You do not have to put up with abuse of any kind.

All agencies funded through Family Violence Prevention Program work with newcomers and immigrants.

For more help, see Help for Immigrants

More information about services and resources for newcomers is available, read the Living in Manitoba: A Resource Guide for Immigrant Women. For a paper copy, contact the Manitoba Status of Women office by phone at 204-945-6281; or toll free 1-800-263-0234; or at 409-401 York Avenue in Winnipeg.

Without help, abusive relationships only get WORSE.

Help is available

Contact one of the resources (see link below) for more information and find out how to create your own protection plan. If you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who may be, call 1-877-977-0007.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Where can I go for help?

How do I make a protection plan?