What is Abuse?
Abuse is when someone who is supposed to care about us threatens our health and/or well being. No one deserves to be treated that way
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1. Emotional/Verbal
Actions that attack our sense of self, including:
  • rejecting or degrading
  • terrorizing
  • isolating
  • corrupting and/or exploiting
2. Environmental
Actions that attack our personal sense of safety, including:
  • destruction of property
  • harming and/or destroying pets
  • controlling the use of vehicle, telephone, objects, etc.
  • throwing things
  • threatening to hurt another person or endangering the person while in a vehicle
3. Financial
Actions that exercise power and control over finances, including:
  • taking money, controlling finances
  • not taking responsibility for share of finances
  • secretive behaviour regarding shared finances
  • withholding reasonable access to finances
4. Physical
Actions that threaten and/or injure, including:
  • physical injury inflicted by one person on another
  • injury that results from direct attack and/or harsh discipline
5. Ritual
Actions that exercise power and control over choices, including:
  • forcing us to practice rituals/beliefs against our will
  • restricting us from practicing rituals/beliefs
6. Sexual
Any form of sexual contact, exploitation, and/or sexual activity that is unwanted
7. Social
Actions that exercise power and control over us through social contacts and social networks, including:
  • controlling access to children, family, friends, and/or social contacts
  • controlling access to media, reading materials, censoring mail
  • controlling mode of dress, dictating behaviour
  • demanding an accounting of time, social contacts
  • using children as a weapon during separation and/or divorce
What is the Cycle of Abuse?
Abuse is not a one-time incident; it usually follows a definite cycle.
Phase One - The Tension Building:
  • verbal attacks, put-downs, and minor battering occur
  • tension and anticipation
  • the feeling of "walking on eggshells"
Phase Two - The Explosion:
  • tensions erupt into violence
  • the abuser is likely to sexually assault, injure or kill
Phase Three - The Denial:
  • abuser blames the partner for the incident that happened
  • excuses are made ("If only she didn't . . . ")
  • he minimizes what he did
Phase Four - The Calm:
  • after the incident, the partner becomes extremely loving, kind and sorry for what he did
  • begging forgiveness, promising it will never happen again
  • guilt is felt by both partners
The cycle can cover a long or short period of time. The violence usually gets worse. The "Calm" phase, then the "Denial" phase will eventually disappear.
Is violence against women a serious issue in Canada?
  • 51% of women in Canada have experienced violence.
  • Every minute of every day, a woman or child in Canada is being sexually assaulted.
  • In Canada, 1 in every 5 women abused by a partner is assaulted during pregnancy.
  • Approximately one to two women per week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner in Canada.
  • In Canada, more than 100,000 women and children take refuge in one of Canada's more than 480 shelters each year.
  • A minimum of one million children in Canada have witnessed violence against their mothers by their fathers or father figures.
What is Domestic Violence?
This fact sheet explains domestic violence.   Domestic Violence Explained
Sask Women and Domestic Violence
Information on women's experience of domestic violence in our province.   Sask Domestic Violence
Children Experiencing Domestic Violence
This fact sheet explains the impacts on children exposed to domestic violence.   Children Experiencing Domestic Violence
Facts for Teens
A fact sheet on resources and strategies for teens experiencing violence.   Facts for Teens
Community Impact of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence costs all of us.   Community Impact
Domestic Violence Around the World
Women worldwide experience relationship violence.   Domestic Violence Globally

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