WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS IN A RELATIONSHIP?
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT…
…to express your opinions and have them respected.
…to have your needs be as important as your partner’s needs.
…to grow as an individual in your own way.
…to not take responsibility for your partner’s behaviour.
…to not be physically, emotionally, or sexually abused.
…to break up and fall out of love with someone and not be threatened
ARE YOU BEING ABUSED?
Are you frightened by your partner’s temper?
Are you afraid to disagree?
Are you constantly apologizing for your partner’s behaviour, especially when they treated you badly?
Do you have to justify everything you do, every place you go, or every person you see to avoid your partner’s anger?
Does your partner put you down, but then tell you that they love you?
Have you ever been hit, kicked, shoved, or had things thrown at you?
Have you stopped seeing your friends or family because of your partner’s jealousy?
Have you been forced into having sexual contact when you didn’t want to?
Are you afraid to break up because your partner has threatened to hurt you or themselves?
ARE YOU USING ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR?
Do you constantly check up on your partner and accuse them of being with other people?
Are you extremely jealous or possessive?
Do you have an explosive temper?
Have you hit, kicked, shoved, or thrown things at your partner?
Do you constantly criticize or insult your partner?
Do you become violent when you drink or use drugs?
Have you threatened your partner to get them to have sexual contact with you?
Have you coerced or intimidated them so they are afraid or unable to say no to sexual activity?
Have you threatened to hurt them?
Have you threatened to hurt yourself if they break up with you?
VIOLENCE HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT THAT IMPACTS MORE THAN JUST THE PEOPLE DIRECTLY INVOLVED;
IT ALSO AFFECTS THEIR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS & COMMUNITIES.
INTERVENTION & RESPONSE TO FAMILY VIOLENCE
If you or someone you know is experiencing Family Violence you need to know…
It is not your fault. You did not ask to be hurt, and you do not deserve it.
There is no right way to feel. Our reactions are our own.
Help is available. No one has to experience this alone.
You deserve support from others.
If you are using Violence you need to know…
Your violent behaviors are wrong.
Changing your behavior is a difficult process that you cannot do alone.
You will need support to change. But with help, you can do it.
Violence is always a choice. You can choose not to use violence and choose to act with respect.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, or you would like more information, please contact:
Wellspring Family Resource & Crisis Centre
24/Hr Crisis & Information Line: 780 778 6209
Toll Free: 1 800 467 4049