Domestic violence is not just about physical abuse. It includes any form of violence within a relationship (marriage, common law or dating) - sexual, emotional, financial and psychological, including threats. Domestic violence can happen even after a relationship is over. Examples of abusive behaviour include threats, physical violence, insulting or degrading comments, destroying property or extreme jealousy.
Help is Available
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence, help is available. For information, please see:
- Help Starts Here – Domestic Violence (PDF) (Includes a resource list and help line numbers.)
Help, Hope and Healing
This is a series that provides information, tips and resources for people in abusive relationships.
- Am I safe? (PDF)
- Are you being abused? (PDF)
- Are you experiencing abuse? (PDF)
- Is someone you know being abused? (PDF)
For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Protection Orders
This booklet was written for women who need protection from a male partner or ex-partner. However, the information it contains also applies to people in same-sex relationships and to men who need protection from their female partners or ex-partners.
- For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders - English (PDF, 2.0 MB)
For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders - Chinese (PDF, 2.3 MB)
For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders - Punjabi (PDF, 1.9 MB)
The Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling Program
This program provides individual and group counselling to children aged 3 to 18 who have witnessed violence in the home. Contact VictimLinkBC for more information about this and other counselling programs.