Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pattern of behavior that one person uses to control another person in an intimate relationship, such as marriage or dating. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or financial in nature, and can take many different forms. Warning signs of IPV can include a partner being overly controlling, jealous, or possessive; regularly criticizing or insulting their partner; limiting their partner's access to money or resources; and physically assaulting their partner. It's important to understand that IPV can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. If you or someone you know is experiencing IPV, it's important to seek help and support from a trusted friend, family member, or professional.

We have created resources with the aim to educate and inform individuals on different aspects of domestic violence, including recognizing warning signs and providing support. The collection includes posters-infographics, and explainers that cover topics such as intimate partner violence, coercive control, and abuse against women in different communities. The resources are designed to be accessible to the general public and can be utilized for personal reference or in a professional setting.

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As a society, each and every one of us is part of ending domestic violence. What role do you play? Start by knowing how to support a friend or family member who may be experiencing domestic violence. By doing so, you are building a supportive community for survivors of domestic violence and helping overcome stigma.

Further your education on domestic violence. Follow, explore, learn: Centre Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Western.

How you help end domestic violence, could be as simple as knowing what to look for and paying attention to your loved ones. Warning signs of domestic violence include:

  • Sad, lonely, withdrawn, and afraid behaviour
  • Nervous talking around partner
  • Making last-minute excuses about why they cannot meet you
  • Often sick and missing work
  • Using drugs or alcohol to cope
  • Trying to hide or make excuses for bruises or injuries

Don’t judge. Instead, privately check-in with the individual to see what support they need.

As a society, we all have a role in ending domestic violence. Part of how we do this is having accessible services and supports provided by trained professionals. Your part might be learning what these are in your community - and how you or someone in your life can access them.

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"High risk" domestic violence means someone may be seriously injured or killed. Do your part. Know the signs and situations that escalate a case to this dangerous, high risk status:

  • Threats of harm
  • Choking and hitting
  • Insistent watching
  • Jealousy

These telling signs mean that it is likely time to contact a women's shelter or police authority for help.

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