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Domestic violence is so embedded in our society that it can be hard to see. There is a culture of silence around these issues and experiences, one that compounds the shame felt by survivors, often rendering them – as well as those who hurt them – invisible.

It’s crucial that we all stand up against this erasure by understanding just how many of us – and how many people we know – experience abuse.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and threatening actions used to exert power and control over an intimate dating partner or spouse. Domestic violence includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, stalking, emotional and psychological abuse, and financial control.

It may also include:
– Physical abuse or the threat of abuse of the victim, children, or pets
– Rigidly controlling finances or withholding money
– Sabotaging a partner’s job by making them miss work, constantly calling them at work, showing up uninvited, etc.
– Verbal insults that humiliate a partner
– Threatening to out a partner’s sexual orientation
– Telling a partner who he/she/they can or can’t hang out with, converse with on social media, or text
– Stealing or insisting on having a partner’s Internet or bank passwords
– Isolating a partner from family and friends.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS ON THE RISE IN CANADA.

Each year in Canada, it is estimated that up to 362,000 children witness or experience family violence.

Source: World Health Organization – Violence Against Women

Dating violence is the highest among the 15-24 age group.

Source: Statistics Canada.

Indigenous women are killed at 6x the rate of non-Indigenous women. As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, but it is believed to actually be much higher.

Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation

Violence against women costs taxpayers and the government billions of dollars every year: Canadians collectively spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.

Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation

Together, we can shatter the shame, stigma, and stand up against domestic violence. Together, we can say NO MORE.

CONTACT US

Mailing Address:


Alberta Says NO MORE Society
PO Box 68071 Crowfoot PO
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T3G 3N8

QUESTIONS?

Please call 911 immediately if you, or someone you know, is in danger. For additional help and support resources, go to our Need Help page.