Leaving an abusive relationship
Continuing our information on Domestic Violence, it can be very difficult to decide to leave an abusive relationship. Call the Crisis Centre on 328-0922 for support, the counsellors there can assist with a safety plan.
When you have decided to leave, pack a bag and leave it with a friend or neighbour. Make sure that you pack extra clothes and, if you have a child or children, pack a favourite toy. Keep an extra set of house and car keys outside of the house in case you have to leave in a hurry.
Important papers that you should take with you are:
- Birth certificates
- Any medication and health insurance papers
- Cheque and/or savings books
- Pay slips
- Any court papers
Millions of women are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused every year by someone they know and love – their husband or partner. It happens to women of all ages, races, religions and income levels. Men also can be abused by their partner and are encouraged to report all such instances, which can lead to very serious consequences.
Domestic violence includes:
- Denying freedom
- Withholding money
Does your partner:
- Threaten to hurt or kill you, your children or your pets?
- Say it’s your fault if he or she hits you…then promises it will not happen again (but it does)?
- Put you down in public or keeps you from contacting family or friends?
- Throw you down, push, hit, choke, kick or slap you?
- Force you to have sex when you don’t want to?
- Take your money or refuse to give you money?
- Threaten to commit suicide?
- Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
If you have checked even one of the above, you may be in an abusive relationship. If you need to talk, call the Crisis Centre on 328-0922
The campaign against Domestic Violence was discussed. The theme is Stop the Silence on Domestic Violence – Domestic Violence is Everybody’s Business” . The Crisis Centre, along with the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, will be organizing several activities focussing on Domestic Violence.
On 26th March, there will be a photo shoot so that posters and PSA’s can be developed to sensitize the community on the issue of Domestic Violence. Volunteers are asked to donate water and snacks to the participants. Those who would like to be present are asked to wear white t-shirts and jeans.
It is hoped that the Campaign will be officially launched in May.
Volunteers who are interested in assisting with the Campaign are asked to call Novelette Fox on 328-0922.
A tea party is to be organized for June or July and more information will be made available.