Domestic abuse is any action intended to control or keep power over a spouse, partner, family member, or girlfriend/boyfriend. The abuse may take the form of something physical, or it may be emotional, verbal, sexual, or financial. You might feel threatened, controlled, or belittled.
Setting free from an abuser may feel impossible. You are probably terrified and feel trapped. However, many victims of abuse and domestic violence have made it. With the help of 10 hotlines in Canada that support with abuse and domestic violence, you can live without having to endure these symptoms of abuse:
You might feel completely alone if you are a victim of abuse and domestic violence. Many people in your position tend to hide what they are experiencing. However, know that it is nothing to be ashamed of. The abuse and everything about it is absolutely not your fault.
There is no universal recipe for setting free from abuse and domestic violence. However, know that many women, children, and men in Canada have made it. The first step in the process is opening up to a trusted and understanding person. Then, you can find your way out.
Consider contacting a helpline in Canada for free, confidential help with abuse and domestic violence today.