Most couples settle disagreements through discussion and negotiation without resorting to physical or psychological abuse. But some people try to control their partner and use violence to resolve conflicts.
Some women experience domestic violence during pregnancy. One in ten women report being victimized at least once while pregnant. In most of these cases, domestic violence continues after the baby is born.
Examples of domestic violence
- Constantly criticizes your tastes and abilities
- Puts down your family and friends, or forbids you from seeing them
- Forces you to have sex, even if you don’t want to
- Pushes or shoves you
- Threatens to hurt you or your children
- Gives you no say in financial decisions or controls your spending
All forms of violence—psychological, verbal, physical, sexual, or economic—can have serious repercussions on your health and that of your child.
Shame or fear of being judged can keep some victims of violence isolated. Since violence rarely stops on its own, it is important for your safety and the safety of your child to break your silence and talk to someone who can help right away.
You can contact your CLSC to get help from a health professional. It can also provide psychological and social services or refer you to other resources in your area.
SOS violence conjugale
24/7 bilingual helpline
www.sosviolenceconjugale.ca (in French only)