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How do I Know if I’m Being Abused?

When a person is caught in the cycle of abuse, it may be difficult for that person to recognize or even admit that they are being abused. You could be experiencing family violence if your partner is:

  • hurting you physically
  • threatening to hurt you, your children, other family members or pets
  • forcing you to have sex or watch others have sex
  • constantly humiliating you, calling you names or insulting you
  • isolating you from your friends and family
  • monitoring your e-mails, phone calls and internet activity
  • denying your access to food, clothing, medication or other basic needs
  • controlling your finances

If you are being abused, you should know:

  • You do not deserve to be abused
  • You have a right to live without fear
  • You are not to blame for the violence or the threats
  • You have the right to a safe, healthy environment and healthy relationship
  • Abuse often gets worse over time

The littlest victims

Children who live in violent homes may grow up believing violence is part of a normal family relationship. These children often show the same signs as the abused adult. People in the community must pay attention when a child’s behaviour changes or appears unusual. It could be a sign of family violence.

Read about Help for Teens and Children.

Manitoba Justice, Victim Services has more information on The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children.

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?