On average, in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days. 70% of relationship violence is NOT reported to the police. If you are in an abusive relationship, resources are available in Delta.Recognizing the signs of relationship violence is one of the most important things you can do to help someone who is in an abusive relationship.

– hitting
– biting
– choking
– throwing objects
– pushing
– punching
–  slapping
– kicking
– starving
– sleep deprivation
– hair pulling
– stabbing, or
– mutilation

– Verbal abuse
– Constant criticism
– Insults
– Emotional blackmail
– Isolation from loved ones and support systems
– Humiliation
– Yelling
– Put-downs
– Threats
– Stalking behaviors
– Harming pets
– Damaging property

– Taking control over finances or financial decisions
– Stealing
– Unauthorized use of property, money, or valuables
– Forcing one to work or denying one’s right to work

– Sexual exploitation
– Unwanted sexual touching
– Rape
– Sexual activities that are degrading, humiliating, painful, and committed without consent, against a persons’ will, obtained by force, or threat of force or intimidation

– Preventing expressions of spiritual or religious beliefs
– Preventing attendance to a place of worship
– Putting down or mocking religious beliefs, traditions or cultures