If you are being abused, there is help available. Here is what you can do:
Start by calling the Police
You might think that the situation is not serious enough to involve the police. You might be right. Or you might not. In any case, calling the police can help you to determine if the situation is criminal in nature or not. The police may also be able to provide information on other community resources.
If you are in immediate danger leave the situation
Go to a safe place immediately, such as a neighbour, friend or relative. Go into a business or ask to be taken to a shelter. If you are unable to leave your home, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Take legal action
All forms of abuse are immoral. Some forms are illegal. You may want to think about a court protection order that would stop the abusive person from having contact with you.
Confide in someone you trust
Talk to someone you trust about what is happening:
- friend or family member
- public health nurse
- social worker
- home care worker
- someone at your place of worship
- a doctor
Keep a record
Write down what is happening to you; keep a daily record. This will help you to document the abuse and help others assist you if you need it.
DON'T BLAME YOURSELF
Know that it is not your fault and help is available. Please ask for help because you do not deserve to be abused. Many groups in your community want to help you to protect your rights, safety and your dignity.
Contact AEAAC in your community to find out more about the help available to you where you live.
You can also call the provincial Family Violence Information Line toll free (310 – 1818) for resource information in your area.