(all from Canada unless otherwise indicated)
- If you are being abused, you are not alone. It is common for an abused woman to think she is the only one this is happening to, yet in Canada, one in every four women is, or has been, abused by an intimate partner—a man she lives or lived with.
- You are also not to blame. Whatever your partner or others have said, you are not responsible for the abuse. All of us have faults and all of us have disagreements within a relationship. This doesn't mean we deserve to be abused. Your partner is the one choosing to be violent—he is responsible, not you.
- You cannot make the abuse stop by changing your behaviour. In fact, abusive behaviour often becomes more severe and more frequent over time. No matter how accommodating you are, the abusive behaviour won't stop until the abuser decides to change. Meanwhile, you need to get legal information and get safe.
- There are people who want to help you, people who work in shelters and other agencies. They've been trained to provide information, support and counseling. Their help could make a difference to your life. See the Hot Peach Pages for the names and telephone numbers of agencies in your community that can help.
- Use the links below to find out more about abuse:
Abuse iNFO Sheets
General Resources on Other Sites1
Resources for Rural Women1
Abuse and Older Adults1
Same-Sex Partner Abuse1
Abuse and People with Disabilities1
Teens and Abuse1
iNFO re: Men1
Violence and HIV/AIDS1
Violence and Substance Abuse1
Online Publications about Abuse1