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Abuse & Domestic Violence

Anova defines abuse as “any act used intentionally to harm, injure, control, coerce, threaten, intimidate or create fear for safety in another person”. Domestic violence is abuse, control, and/or violence that occurs in the context of a family or partnership. It can concur between intimate partners, between siblings, between parents and children, and between adult children and elderly parents. Abuse and domestic violence can be physical, sexual, psychological and/or financial, and are used to maintain power and control.

The use of abusive behaviours and/or violence is a choice. Violence and abuse occurs deliberately, as a choice made by the abuser, not due to the abuser’s “loss of control”. Abusers are able to control their behavior and often do in the ways they pick whom they abuse (partner vs. neighbour, for example), when and where they abuse their partner (they wait until they get home from restaurant or party, stop when police arrive, choosing less visible body parts to target) and what they destroy or injure (will break their partner’s sentimental items or hurt their partner’s pet, not their own).

26%

Of all reported violent crime in 2016, 26% resulted from domestic violence1

67%

Almost 67% of domestic violence victims were women and girls2

2x

Women were 2x as likely than men to report being sexually assaulted, beaten, choked or threatened with a gun or a knife3

4x

Women were victims of domestic homicide at a rate 4x greater than men4

If you are being abused or experiencing violence, it is not your fault and you do not deserve it.

Find more information on the law surrounding domestic violence and abuse.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, please reach out and speak to someone who can offer information, referrals and support. View our support page for more information. 

1 David, J-D. (2017). “Homicide in Canada, 2016.” Juristat, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 85-002-X.

2 Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (2016). “Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2014.” Juristat, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 85-002-X.

3 Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (2016). “Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2014.” Juristat, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 85-002-X.

4 Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (2016). “Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2014.” Juristat, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 85-002-X.