Statistics indicate that women who are under 25 years of age, women with a disability, Aboriginal women and women living common-law are at higher risk of abuse. (Statistics Canada: Family Violence in Canada. A Statistical Profile 2005)
The Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY 1-866-863-7868 crisis line for abused women in Ontario. The service is anonymous and confidential and is provided in up to 154 languages.
Helpline staff can support you in helping the abused woman or abusive man. They will discuss the warning signs of abuse you have seen and give you practical advice on ways to help.
For more information about the services of the Assaulted Women’s Helpline visit: www.awhl.org. In an emergency, call your local police service.
|The danger may be greater if:|
|He has access to her and her children||He has trouble keeping a job|
|He has access to weapons||He takes drugs or drinks every day|
|He has a history of abuse with her or others||He has no respect for the law|
|He has threatened to harm or kill her if she leaves him: He says "If I
can't have you, no one will."||She has just separated or is planning to leave|
|He threatens to harm her children, her pets or her property||She fears for her life and for her children’s safety or
she cannot see her risk|
|He has threatened to kill himself||She is in a custody battle, or has children from a previous relationship
|He has hit her, choked her||She is involved in another relationship|
|He is going through major life changes (e.g. job, separation,
depression)|| She has unexplained injuries|
|He is convinced she is seeing someone else.|| She has no access to a phone|
|He blames her for ruining his life||She faces other obstacles (e.g. she does not speak English, is not yet a
legal resident of Canada, lives in a remote area)|
|He doesn’t seek support ||She has no friends or family |
|He watches her actions, listens to her telephone conversations, sees her
emails and follows her || |