This is Abuse

On average, in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days. 70% of relationship violence is NOT reported to the police. If you are in an abusive relationship, resources are available in Delta.

Recognizing the signs of relationship violence is one of the most important things you can do to help someone who is in an abusive relationship.

Includes:
– hitting
– biting
– choking
– throwing objects
– pushing
– punching
–  slapping,
– kicking
– starving
– sleep deprivation
– hair pulling
– stabbing, or
– mutilation

Includes:
– verbal abuse
– Constant criticism
– Insults
– emotional blackmail
– Isolation from loved ones and support systems
– Humiliation
– Yelling
– Put-downs
– Threats
– Stalking behaviours
– Harming pets
– Damaging property

Includes:
– Taking control over finances or financial decisions
– Stealing
– Unauthorized use of property, money, or valuables
– Forcing one to work or denying one’s right to work

Includes:
– sexual exploitation
– Unwanted sexual touching
– Rape
– Sexual activities that are degrading, humiliating, painful, and committed without consent, against a persons’ will, obtained by force, or threat of force or intimidation

Includes:
– preventing expressions of spiritual or religious beliefs
– Preventing attendance to a place of worship
– Putting down or mocking religious beliefs, traditions or cultures