Domestic Violence: It's Never OK

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 and abuse do not discriminate, but they do often escalate. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal and is often used as a weapon of control and intimidation by a spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-spouse.

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 being abused, get help - do not wait.

If you are in Immediate Danger

Call the police right away - 911

If your community does not have a 911 service, look for the local police emergency phone number on the first page of your phone book under 'Emergency'.

Spread the Word About Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is an issue that affects everyone, yet talking about it is tough.

#SaySomething - aims to end the silence by encouraging all British Columbians to speak up and learn how they can safely help.

Get Help

VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808

Even if you’re not sure if you have been a victim of crime, you can call VictimLinkBC for assistance.

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