WHAT IS ABUSE?
Abuse is any behavior used to control, manipulate or injure someone. It can include physical violence, emotional abuse, verbal threats or financial and sexual control. If your partner repeatedly does any of the following, call 250-763-1040
- Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking or biting.
- Threats towards you, your children, your family or pets.
- Using,or threatening to use, a weapon against you.
- Keeping or taking your paycheque and controlling financial resources.
- Putting you down, insulting you, or blaming you.
- Threatening suicide if you leave.
- Forcing or pressuring you into sex.
- Keeping you from seeing family or friends, or going to work.
If you, or someone you know, has been sexually assaulted in the last seven days, the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) can help.
This group of specially trained physicians provides free medical care and emotional support through Kelowna General Hospital. Just ask the nurse at the emergency department triage desk to see a SART Physician. The service is available 24/7.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Being in an abusive relationship can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to turn. That’s where we come in.
We’ll offer advice, help you come up with a plan, and are here if you need a place to stay. We will provide food, clothing and toiletries.
Intimate partner violence, and the effects of witnessing abuse on children
- Domestic Violence: It's Never OK
- Domestic Relationship Violence Fact Sheet
- Helping My Child
- Effects on Children Witnessing Abuse
Criminal harassment and safety planning
Victim Impact Statements
Testifying in criminal court
Child and youth witnesses
WHAT IF SOMEONE I KNOW IS BEING ABUSED?
If you suspect someone you know is being abused, you can help. Call our 24 hour help line and talk to a counsellor, or check out these tips.