Everyone has a role to play in ending domestic violence.

It's up to you!

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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  • Sad, lonely, withdrawn, and afraid behaviour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.

Learn how to take advantage of community resources by visiting NeighboursFriendsAndFamilies.ca.

"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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