Intimate Partner Violence

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'I wish that when I felt alone someone asked me if I was okay. I wish that when I was overcome with guilt someone told me it wasn’t my fault. I wish that someone said I didn’t deserve what was happening. I wish that when I doubted everything in my life someone said they believed me. I wish that someone asked me if I needed help. I wish that when I was broken and in pieces someone said I’m sorry you are being hurt. I wish that someone said I shouldn’t have to go through this. I wish that when I had no self esteem left someone said I was worth something. I wish that at my lowest point someone said they were there for me.' Repeated. I can't get involved. Why not? If you think someone you know is experiencing abuse, talk to them. 'I wish that when I felt alone someone asked me if I was okay. I wish that when I was overcome with guilt someone told me it wasn’t my fault. I wish that someone said I didn’t deserve what was happening. I wish that when I doubted everything in my life someone said they believed me. I wish that someone asked me if I needed help. I wish that when I was broken and in pieces someone said I’m sorry you are being hurt. I wish that someone said I shouldn’t have to go through this. I wish that when I had no self esteem left someone said I was worth something. I wish that at my lowest point someone said they were there for me.' Repeated. I can't get involved. Why not? If you think someone you know is experiencing abuse, talk to them.

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.

 

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What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

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).

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