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Commonly Asked Domestic Abuse Questions
DomesticShelters.org has heard from many victims and survivors in Canada, and created toolkits covering the topics that people tell us they want to learn more about. Domestic abuse is a complex matter. We have developed nearly 1,000 articles on every aspect of domestic violence. If you don’t find what you need below, enter your topic here and our search engine will find what you need.
- What is Domestic Abuse?
- Why Do Abusers Abuse?
- I’m Ready to Leave, Now What?
- What About My Kids?
- I Know Someone Who is Being Abused, What Should I Do?
- How Do I Heal After Abuse?
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- How Abusers Speak
- Profile of an Abuser
- Abuse Almost Always Escalates
- Power and Control Wheel Explains Cycle of Violence
- Collecting Evidence of Abuse Without Danger
- Calling a Helpline: What You Can Expect
- When It’s Time to Go
- Leaving Without Dying
National Domestic Abuse Helplines and Resources for Canada
If you are experiencing domestic abuse in Canada, this page provides you with the essential resources needed to find help in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon. For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
Resourceful Canadian group with an ambitious array of resources including studies on violence and the workplace, a website called Cut It Out for beauty and hair care professionals, training on topics such as safe schools, media literacy and much more.
Women's Shelters in Canada represents a strong, unified voice on the issue of violence against women across Canada. Through collaboration, knowledge exchange and adoption of innovative practices, they work to advance the coordination and implementation of high-quality services for women and children accessing shelters.
Find Help & Statistics: Alberta
Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters
Treaty 6 Territory
600, 10310 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 2W4
(866) 331-3933 Hotline
Alberta Family Violence Info Line*
*Toll-free, 24/7, Multilingual helpline
Find Help & Statistics: British Columbia
VictimLink BC* (Also serves Yukon)
*24/7 help line providing crisis support in 130 languages. Connect to safe emergency shelter, counseling programs
and other treatment and healing programs.
BC Society of Transition Houses
Suite 325, 119 W. Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
Fax: (604) 682-6962
The BC Society of Transition Houses is a member-based, provincial umbrella organization that, through leadership,
support and collaboration, enhances the continuum of services and strategies to respond to, prevent and end
violence against women, children and youth.
Ending Violence Association BC
1404 – 510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8
Find Help & Statistics: Manitoba
Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters
MAWS c/o Box 389
Winkler, MB R6W 4A6
Hotline: 877-977-0007 (24/7)
TTY: (888) 987-2829
Newfoundland and Labrador
Find Help & Statistics: Newfoundland & Labrador
Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Find Help & Statistics: Nova Scotia
Transition House Association of Nova Scotia
Find Help & Statistics: Ontario
Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses
Assaulted Women’s Helpline*
P.O. Box 40569,Six Points Plaza
Etobicoke, ON M9B 6K8
Fax: (416) 364-0563
(866) 863-0511 Hotline
(866) 863-7868 TTY
*Free, confidential counseling, emotional support, safety planning and referrals for women needing a shelter,
legal advice or other supports. Available 24/7, province-wide in more than 100 different languages including
17 Aboriginal languages.
(866) 863-0511 Hotline (English)
(866) 863-7868 TTY (English)
(877) 336-2433 Hotline (French)
(866) 860-7082 TTY (French)
Website (English): http://femaide.ca/english/
Website (French): http://femaide.ca/
*For francophone women, toll-free, province-wide, safety planning and referrals
Website: https://www.talk4healing.com/ (live chat available)
*For indigenous women, 14 languages available
Find Help & Statistics: Quebec
SOS Violence Conjugale*
CP 55, Succ. C
Montreal, Quebec H2L 4J7
Fax: 514 728-4247
1-800-363-9010 Hotline (24/7)
514-873-9010 Local Hotline (24/7)
*Only province-wide centralized crisis line, 24/7, toll-free, TTY compatible
The Federation of Women's Shelters (FMHF)
PO Box 55036, Maisonneuve Branch
Montreal, Quebec H1W 0A1
Find Help & Statistics: Saskatchewan
Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan
Find Help & Statistics: Yukon
VictimLink BC* (Also serves British Columbia)
*24/7 helpline providing crisis support in 130 languages. Connect to safe emergency shelter, counseling programs
and other treatment and healing programs
Domestic Abuse Stats in Canada
- It’s estimated that each year, Canadians collectively spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone, according to the Department of Justice. This figure includes immediate costs, such as emergency room visits and related costs, such as loss of income. It also includes tangible costs such as funerals, and intangible costs such as pain and suffering.
- 67% of all Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.
- Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Out of the 83 police-reported intimate partner homicides in 2014, 67 of the victims—over 80%—were women.
- The rate of domestic violence is likely much higher than we know; 70% of spousal violence is not reported to the police.
- 7 in 10 people who experience family violence are women and girls.
- Women are about four times as likely as men to be victims of intimate partner homicide.
- Some women stay because the abuser has threatened to harm or kill a household pet. In one study, 57% of survivors of domestic violence had their pet killed by an abusive partner.
Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation
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