Know the warning signs
Violence against women and girls involves words, actions and criminal acts that deliberately inflict harm or suffering. While the abuse often takes place in relative privacy, it can occur in public as well. Usually, but not always, the abuse is perpetrated by someone known to the victim, such as a family member, spouse or boyfriend. Depending on the nature of the relationship, the warning signs can be somewhat different.
Note on Sources
Information on warning signs of an abusive relationship adapted primarily from information and materials offered by the Ontario Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign. Information on child abuse adapted from the Department of Justice booklet Child Abuse is Wrong: What Can I Do?, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Society and the RCMP; information on elder abuse adapted from Government of Canada's Facts on the Abuse of Seniors.
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