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Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Abuse Counselling

     The current stats are that 1 in 3 women experience abuse within a relationship at some point in their lives. These numbers are staggering and tell us that there is a high chance that you or someone you know has or is experiencing abuse. While it does happen that men find themselves in abusive situations (and if you are a man reading this and find yourself in an abusive situation, please reach out), statistics show that it is more often women experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner.

     Being involved in an abusive relationship is intensely confusing, isolating, and shaming. In some situations, it is clear you are experiencing abuse. When there are physical, sexual or verbal assaults happening, you may have more of a clear idea that your situation is abusive. However, more often, abuse is more subversive. You may feel as though your partner is diminishing you, limiting your options in life, preventing you from seeing your friends and family, encouraging you not to take that job opportunity or limiting the access you have to funds. While traditionally we think of abuse in 3 categories, there are actually many forms is can take.

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Verbal

Emotional

Psychological

Intellectual

Hurting Pets

Damaging Property

Financial

Spiritual

Sexual

Physical

Using Children

Electronic or Digital

Social

& Cultural

Some types of Abuse you may have experienced:

     You may be confused about whether or not it is abuse you're experiencing and if you have a role to play in it. If this the space you find yourself in, please reach out for a free consultation with me and we can discuss your situation. Additionally, there are many online resources and books that you can turn to which may shed some light on what you are going through. A good resource to access is www.whenlovehurts.ca, as it will answer some questions you may be having (the book "When love hurts" is also available there for more information).

     

Contact

I have been running support groups for women who have experienced abuse for the past 5 years, and I know that reaching out can feel like one of the most frightening things to do. When you are afraid of your partner, parent, or child, it can feel like you are doing something wrong, or betraying them by bringing their behaviour out into the light. As long as it’s safe to do so, I want to gently encourage you to take that risk and reach out for help. I promise we will work with the upmost discretion and find a way to safely communicate about what is going on.


 
Feel free to reach out via this online form, or to email or call directly.
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