What is Domestic Abuse?
There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner or other family member.
If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around a family member - constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid harmful reactions or harmful behaviours - chances are your relationship is unhealthy & abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include someone who belittles you or tries to control you; actively creates feelings of self-loathing, helplessness & desperation; and/or harms/assaults you.
Abuse can take many forms - physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual and/or cultural.
The bottom line is that abusive behaviour is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected and safe.
If you or someone you know is being abused (or you suspect abuse) & you want to talk, advice, & local options, please reach out to Alberta's Abuse Helpline (available M-F from 7:30 am to 8 pm) @ 1-855-4HELPAB (1-855-443-5722). For 24 Hour crisis lines, please refer to our Info & Resources tab.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
"Your abuser's trauma does not justify them abusing you."
"Abusive people feel a surge of power when they discover a weakness. They exploit it, using it to gain more power." - Christina Enevoldsen
An abusive relationship can include any or all of these types of behaviours, sustained over a period of time and often escalating.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing this and you want to talk to someone about your concerns, please call or email us.
If you or someone you care about is in immediate danger, please call 911.
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