Warning Signs

Below are signs that may indicate that a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship. If you suspect that a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship, please call Delta Police Department at 604.946.4411 or Victim Services at 604.940.5019

  • Permanent disability (blindness, deafness, epilepsy, loss of mobility)
  • Broken bones and/or teeth
  • Head or spinal injuries
  • Cuts, headaches, concussion, bruises
  • Hiding injuries
  • Living in constant fear
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, or embarrassment
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Eating and sleep problems
  • Loss of energy
  • Self-blame and self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts/tendencies
  • Limited access to money or a car
  • No access to bank accounts
  • Forbidden to attend work
  • Has no control over how money is spent
  • No child support
  • Poor body image and low self-esteem
  • Inability to have healthy sexual relationships
  • An unplanned pregnancy
  • Reproductive and gynecological problems
  • Loss of sense of self
  • Feeling of hopelessness and isolation
  • Loss of culture
  • Loss of connection to faith and/or community
  • Make excuses for the abuser’s behaviour
  • Be nervous talking when abuser is there
  • Seem sick and miss work
  • Try to cover bruises and injuries
  • Make last-minute excuses about why the abuser can’t meet you
  • Seem sad, lonely, withdrawn and afraid
  • Use more alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Put their partner down
  • Dominate conversations
  • Try to keep partner away from friends and family
  • Lie to look good
  • Always be around their partner