How Do I Get Help?
Domestic violence/violence within intimate partnerships happens to all kinds of people, regardless of their social or economic status. Rich or poor, young or old, Asian or North American, straight or gay, domestic violence/violence within intimate partnerships affects people from all walks of life. It happens because an individual chooses to use violence to resolve conflicts or to control other members of their family. Societal attitudes toward women and violence in general, feelings of low self-esteem, poor communication and self-control skills, and a tendency to blame others may all be factors that contribute to the abusers believing that he has the right to behave in this way.
Many women do not realize that:
Mothers involved in an abusive relationship must realize that it is important to be aware of the impact violence can have on their children. Children may come to think that abusive and violent relationships are normal or may themselves become abusive in later relationships.
- They have been abused
- Domestic violence is a crime
- Violence is not an intrinsic part of any culture
- No one has the right to abuse anyone
- Help is available for both victims and abusers
The York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee hopes that if you are experiencing violence in the your home or relationship that the materials on this site will assist you in dealing with your situation.