Abuse Can Take Many Forms Physical: Any unwanted or non-consensual physical contact or assault Verbal and Emotional: The attack on one’s emotional and mental well being through name-calling and put-downs
Any threatening, intimidating, isolating, or controlling behaviour
Any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact or comments
Control of all finances Spiritual Abuse: Any maltreatment of a person in the name of God, faith, religion, or church
You May Be In An Abusive Relationship If
If you are wondering if you are in an abusive relationship, complete our quiz by clicking here. The information contained in the quiz is not meant to be an exhaustive list of abuse warning signs. However, it is a list of many of the common experiences of woman who have been abused. If you have checked off any of the items you may be in an abusive relationship. We encourage you to seek help.
Cycle of Violence
Family violence experts over the years have noted that there often is a fairly predictable pattern of behaviour in abusive relationships. This is called the Cycle of Violence. To Learn About the Cycle of Violence Click here. (Used by permission)
Power and Control Wheel and Equality Wheel
Back in the 1980s the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota designed a wheel graphic showing the characteristics of abusive and non abusive relationships. These wheels have been widely used in the field of Violence Against Women work.
To view the Power and Control Wheel click here. (Used by permission)
To view the Equality Wheel click here. (Used by permission)
You have the right to be safe. If you are living in an abusive relationship, or have recently left one, or if you are afraid for your safety due to abuse creating a safety plan can assist you to feel safer and more in control of your life. We encourage you to create your own safety plan. We have provided a document which provides a great deal of information and suggestions about what should be included in your safety plan and steps that you can take to make you feel safer. To view the safety plan document, click here.
Hiding your internet tracks
In some cases, women in abusive relationships are concerned about their abuser tracking their internet activities. There are ways in which you can hide your internet tracks so that no one is able to see what websites you have viewed. To learn how to hide your internet tracks click here.