What is Domestic Violence?

A pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power over an intimate partner.
Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
It includes behaviour that frightens, intimidates, terrorizes, manipulates, hurts, humiliates, blames, injures or wounds someone.
It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion.
It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.
It affects people of all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels.

Check List – Am I at Risk?

Sometimes warning signs are hard to identify. If any of these factors apply to your situation, we hope you seek out options and support for your safety and that of your children.

    • Actual or pending separation
    • History of domestic violence
    • Escalation of violence
    • Displays obsessive/stalking or jealous behaviour towards you
    • Threatens/attempts to commit suicide
    • Threatens to kill you or your family
    • History of violence outside of the home
    • Denies/isolates you from your personal property, friends and family
    • Fails to comply with court orders
    • Has choked or strangled you
    • Violent toward you during pregnancy
    • Access to firearms
    • Depressed
    • You have an intuitive sense of fear
    • Excessive drug/alcohol use
    • Controls most of your daily activities
    • Grew up in a violent environment
    • Forced you to participate in sex acts


Assaulted Women’s Hotline
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse Care Centre of York Region (DASA)
1.800.521.6004 extension 2

York Region Centre for Community Safety
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
905.836.2617 extension 101

Women’s Centre of York Region
Monday to Thursday 9am – 4:30pm