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Facts About Abuse

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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour which allows one person to have power and control over another person through the use of fear and intimidation.

Myths about Abuse

Here is what some people think:

Identifying abuse

The effects of domestic violence on victims are far-reaching and can emerge in many different ways. Awareness of these effects will not only help you better understand a woman’s experience, but will help you better identify women who are being abused.

How to Help

Many women who are being abused either don’t know who to turn to or have had bad experiences when they’ve reached out for help. Your willingness to help can be important to a victim in her safety planning efforts. But while being willing and well-intentioned is good, being prepared to offer the kind of help these women need is even better.