Domestic Violence can happen to anyone
The term domestic violence describes a range of behaviours or actions taken by a person to control and dominate another person. Domestic violence is characterized by abusive, coercive, forceful, or threatening acts or words used by one member of a family, household, or intimate relationship against another. Domestic violence may take the form of physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and/or spiritual abuse.
The forms of abuse may differ, but the motivation is ultimately the same: the control of the victim by the abuser. Domestic violence occurs in all sectors of society, regardless of age, gender, marital status, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, culture, or ethnicity. Other commonly used terms to describe similar behaviours include family violence, intimate partner violence, and spousal assault/ violence.
What are some of the signs that someone I know is being abused?
Persons with disabilities, men, youth, seniors, and same-sex partners may also be coping with domestic violence. It occurs within families, between spouses, common-law couples, boyfriends and girlfriends, and ex-partners.
Domestic violence is often hidden or down-played by the abused person and the abuser. Both will often claim it's a private matter. People who suspect a problem are often afraid to intervene.
It's important to know some of the signs:
How do I know if it's happening to me?
It can be hard to realize you're caught in the cycle of abuse and it may be even harder to admit it to yourself or anyone else. You are living with violence if someone close to you is:
Where can I get help?
If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone that can use these services, contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321.
If you want to learn more about the signs of domestic violence contact Isabel or Melissa at 250-338-7575
If you are in immediate danger call 911
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