Living a life free of abuse and fear is a fundamental human right. Abuse robs women of their self esteem, affects the development of their children and creates a cycle that can be carried on for generations. Domestic and family violence costs Canadians billions of dollars annually.
Family violence/abuse takes on many forms and is commonly referred to as domestic violence, spousal abuse, or child abuse.
Domestic abuse can occur in all intimate relationships whether a couple is married or cohabiting, same-sex or dating. It also occurs in parent child relationships, extended family-child relationships, and sibling relationships.