Abuse Can Happen to Anyone

Abuse occurs in many types of relationships regardless of race, gender, class, religion, age, or ethnicity.  What unites all forms of abuse is the abuser’s desire to maintain power and control over the victim. In intimate relationships, abuse often escalates from emotional to physical abuse. As methods of controlling the victim stop working, abusers may increase their aggression, killing their partner or themselves. Leaving an abuser may not end the abuse and can greatly escalate the risks of harm.  

If you are being abused, you are not to blame

Abuse is always a choice. Factors such as unequal power in the relationship, financial dependence, and concerns about children can make it a hard cycle to break. We can work with you to overcome these barriers, determine any risks, and create plans to support your emotional, financial, and physical safety.

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Abuse is a Choice

Others may make you feel responsible for your circumstances, but we know the abusers are the only ones to blame for their choices. We understand you may comply with the abusers demands because you hope things will change, because you are afraid, or because you may not have the support or resources you need to survive.

Over time, abuse may cause physical and emotional injuries, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. You may feel shame. Your physical health and the overall wellbeing of your children can suffer. Children exposed to abuse can suffer behavioural, cognitive and physical problems in the short term, and in the long term.

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