What is Abuse?

The Faces of Domestic Abuse


This video was made possible through the funding from Department of Justice, Canada, in recognition of the 2016 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week


“Domestic abuse has long been invisible in our community, and yet it happens everywhere, every single day. Sometimes women don’t recognize what they are experiencing is abuse nor do the people who may witness the abuse, including friends and family. Together we need to be better informed. ¬†We need to identify the different types of abuse and emphasize that abuse is not discriminatory: it impacts women of all ages, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds. Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable.”

– Makenna Rielly, Executive Director, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society


When is it Abuse?

I’m not scared anymore

Before I could not even say what I wanted. I was always in fear. Now I’m free.

Abuse affects women throughout our community, women with or without children, women who have been in short-term or long-term relationships and women of any age.

Abuse comes in many guises and leaves deep marks, whether physical, emotional or sexual. Abuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • Emotional abuse such as criticisms and put-downs
  • Physical violence such as pushing and hitting
  • Sexual violence, such as unwanted sex
  • Threats against the woman and/or her children
  • Financial control
  • Controlling or isolating the woman by not letting her see friends or family
  • Destroying property or harming pets

Transition House will provide information and education so you can make safe decisions.

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