Intimate Partner Violence
What Is Intimate Partner Violence?
- Is violence that women experience in their relationships
- It can include a current, dissolving, or past relationship with a husband, common-law partner, lover, dating partner or caregiver
- It can include physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or spiritual abuse.
Facts About Intimate Partner Violence
- Abuse isolates you from your family, friends and community
- Abuse becomes more frequent and more severe over time
- Long term abuse can affect you causing headaches, abdominal pain, depression, alcohol and substance abuse
- On average a woman suffers abuse 35 times before she goes for help
- Seeing violence affects children in their relationships and in coping with anger and conflict
- The better you plan before you leave, the more successful you will be - make a safety plan
- The most dangerous time is when you try to leave an abusive relationship
- Abuse often begins in pregnancy
- 8 out of 10 Aboriginal women have been involved in an abusive relationship
- Abuse occurs in all social classes, ages, races and cultures