Talking to someone who is experiencing abuse, may be the help they need. It may help talking to them just once or twice, or it may be doing it over and over and over again. Small, frequent and meaningful actions are effective. It’s important to understand that stepping in doesn’t have to be a drastic intervention. One in three Canadian women have experienced abuse at some point in their life. Addressing Intimate Partner Violence is everyone’s responsibility and friends, family members and coworkers all play an integral role in sharing that responsibility.
Intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of gender-based violence and includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and controlling behaviours by an intimate partner(s).