Violence and Abuse

Violence occurs in various contexts, including homes, schools, neighbourhoods and communities, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, class, ethnic background, religious or spiritual group membership, physical and mental ability or place of residence.

What Can You Do?

If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can contact the following services in your community for help:

  • Shelter or transition home
  • Police department
  • Victim services
  • Crisis centre or crisis line
  • Women's centre
  • Social service agency
  • Health care centre, clinic or hospital
  • Counsellor
  • Community or family centre

**Please note that telephone numbers for emergency and social services are often listed in the first few pages of your local telephone directory.

What Information is Available?

Aspects addressed in this section include the incidence, prevalence, prevention, protection and treatment of violence and abuse.

Additionally, you will find information about the Government of Canada's Family Violence Initiative and the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV) of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The NCFV is Canada's resource centre for information on violence within the family.

Related Resources

The National Crime Prevention Centre also has publications available on children and family violence.

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