November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is when people in relationships (current or previously dating, married or living together) use abusive behaviour to control or hurt their partners. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Women, younger adults, people with disabilities, and recently separated women and men, are even more at risk for abuse. One in five women experience some form of abuse in their intimate relationship, and half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.

How do you know if it’s happening to you? You could be a victim of domestic violence if someone close to you is:

  • Threatening to hurt you, your children, other family members or pets
  • Hurting you physically
  • Forcing you to have sex, or do things that you do not want to do
  • Yelling or humiliating you (e.g. calling you names, insulting you)
  • Isolating you from friends and family
  • Keeping track of your emails, phone calls, and internet use
  • Not allowing you food, clothing, medication or other things you need
  • Controlling your finances
  • Controlling where you go, or what you do

If you, or someone you know, is being abused, call the Domestic Violence Crisis/Information Line at 1-877-977-0007 or TTY 1-888-987-2829 for free confidential information and help. For more information visit

If somebody you know is having trouble, controlling his/her anger, click here for a list of anger management resources.

To find resources nearby, go to and select “Abuse & Assault” and select the most appropriate subcategory(s).