Third Place Transition House – Victims of Family Violence Association – Truro, Nova Scotia

Kinds of abuse

  • Physical
  • Psychological/Emotional
  • Financial
  • Verbal
  • Sexual
  • Spiritual

Forms of abuse

  • Manipulation/Control
  • Isolating/Keeping away from family & friends
  • Wanting to know where you are all the time
  • Texting/telephoning constantly
  • Stalking
  • Humiliating/Embarrassing in front of family, friends, public
  • Belittling/making you feel incompetent/inferior
  • Threats to harm children, family and/or pets
  • Threats or actually destroying personal property
  • Threats to destroy/burn home
  • Kicking, punching, choking
  • Continuing any physical contact when you say no
  • Physically restraining you, stopping you from leaving

Some forms of abuse are criminal offences in the Criminal Code

  • Child abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault
  • Threats to harm
  • Stalking or criminal harassment
  • Withholding food or medical treatment
  • Threats to kill
  • Human trafficking

The most pervasive and damaging behavior occurring in our society today is violence against women and children. Abuse is known by a variety of names including domestic violence, family violence, wife beating, battering, marital abuse and partner abuse. Abuse happens to all races and cultures, all economic levels, and to women of all education levels.

Domestic violence is a gender-neutral term, and while it is acknowledged that both sexes experience domestic violence, women are more likely to experience more serious psychological consequences and physical injuries. Violence against women occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can occur in a mere dating relationship, during a relationship, while couples are breaking up, or after a relationship has ended. Abuse involves a pattern of physical, sexual and psychological behaviors perpetrated by a current or former partner, as opposed to being limited to one single act or behavior. The repetition of these violent acts serves to control and intimidate women and children for an extended time after the initial incidents. Women and children suffer the most disruptive and emotionally stressful time when the relationship between partners becomes violent. They face the risk of serious injury or death at the hands of an abuser.

Recognizing signs of abuse

  • Bruises/injuries
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Extreme concern to be accountable to abusive partner
  • Fear of being alone or with partner
  • Nervousness/anxiety