Many women, children, and men in the world are victims of domestic violence – this is any behaviour that maintains control over a spouse, partner, family member, or girlfriend/boyfriend. Abuse may be expressed physically, emotionally, verbally, sexually, or financially, and you may feel threatened, controlled or coerced.
If you are experiencing abuse or domestic violence, you do not have to deal with this on your own. Staff from 27 hotlines that support people experiencing abuse and domestic violence in Ontario, Canada can help. Contact them if these signs of abuse sound familiar:
Victims of abuse and domestic violence can be in a difficult position. They once had (or still have) love for the abuser. On the other hand, they are constantly exposed to harm from someone who should love them back. This can feel puzzling and scary.
If you're experiencing abuse and domestic violence, feeling scared is perfectly natural. You could be doubtful and convinced that there’s no way out. Talking to someone in Ontario, Canada who understands how abusive relationships work might help you feel less hopeless and powerless.
If you feel like you might need support today, try reaching out to a hotline in Ontario, Canada. It's free and confidential.