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What is family violence?

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What is family violence?

Family violence is violent, threatening or controlling behaviour that happens within the family. Family violence could be:
1. Physical injury
2. Direct or indirect threats
3. Sexual assault
4. Emotional and psychological torment
5. Damage to property
6. Social isolation
7. Any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear

Common forms of violence in families

1.

Child abuse: Abuse or neglect of children by an adult

2.

Spouse abuse: Violence among spouses and ex-spouses

3.

Elder abuse: Violence by a child against their parent

4.

Vulnerable adult Abuse: Violence towards an adult who is incapable of protecting himself or herself from abuse, neglect or self-neglect

5.

Dating violence: Abuse by an intimate partner

What to do if you witness family violence

1.

Call the National Anti-Violence and Sexual Harassment Helpline (NAVH) at 1800-777-0000

2.

Go to the Police for help

3.

Seek medical treatment if you are injured

4.

Go to a temporary shelter

5.

Go to the Family Justice Courts for a Protection Order or Expedited Order

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