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Help for Women

Both women and men can be abused. Women are at greater risk of being abused by their spouses or partners than men. Family violence affects women of all ages, cultures, income levels, religions, professions and abilities. However, women with disabilities and women who are pregnant, isolated, younger and Aboriginal are seen as the most vulnerable in our society.

The publication, Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2013 says almost 7 in 10 family violence victims were women. Women are also much more likely to be murdered by their spouses or partners than men. In 2013, 82% of intimate partner homicide victims were female.

Why women stay in abusive relationships

A woman may stay in an abusive relationship for many reasons, including:

  • fear for the safety of herself and her children. Leaving a violent relationship is often very dangerous.
  • economic dependence on her partner. She may fear that leaving will lead to a life of poverty for herself and her children.
  • low self-esteem – worn down by emotional abuse
  • partner’s promises to change and stop the violent behaviour
  • shame or embarrassment about the abuse

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?