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Facts in Brief
Abuse can happen in any family, at anytime, no matter one’s age, sexual orientation, level of income, or devotion to one another.
- The abuse can be verbal, emotional, sexual or physical.
- Conflict most often begins when the abuser needs to either maintain or regain power and control in the relationship.
- Common areas for conflict include determination on how money is spent, and over the management of the children.
- Female partners in a common-law relationship are four times more likely to be victims of violence than married women.
- Violence is more likely to increase when the wife is pregnant.
- Immigrant and minority women are more prone to domestic abuse, less likely to report it, and find it harder to get help when they try to leave abusive home environments.
- Family violence isolates children, damages their self-esteem, and can spawn psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, feelings of guilt and suicidal tendencies.
- In 50-70% of cases where one parent is abusing the other, the children are being abused as well.
- Growing up in a violent home can lead some people to turn against their own children when they become parents, or to abuse their adult partners.
- 50% of Canadian women who were physically assaulted also experienced sexual assault by the same partner.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women;
Grant L. Martin, PhD; Canadian Council on Social Development; Statistics Canada.
“My husband struck me on my honeymoon. He killed our first child by kicking the four-month child out of my uterus. My doctor asked me what did I do to make him so mad, our minister reminded me that I had married for better or worse, the lawyer wanted to know where I would get money to pay the fees, and my mother told my husband where I was hiding.”
– An abuse survivor