Every six days in Canada a woman is killed by her intimate parter.
1 in 4 Canadian women experience violence in the home.
Domestic violence happens here on Cortes Island.
Check out this TED Talk “Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave”
IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) includes all types of woman abuse ( physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and other types) and can happen to any woman regardless of socio-economic standing. There is no evidence to support the idea that violence occurs more often in poor or uneducated couples, though it is often easier for those of higher socio-economic standing to keep the violence hidden.
Woman abuse in relationships involves a persistent pattern of using power and control. This can happen in any relationship such as marriage, common-law, dating and separation. Woman abuse may or may not include physical violence.
Why don’t women experiencing abuse just leave their abusive partner? Survivors of IPV , those who successfully escape the violence, often leave with literally nothing. This can mean a significant loss of assets such as home, furniture, personal property (including basics such as clothing). They may be forced to start all over again.
From Walking With Our Sisters: A Project of the Vancouver Island North Women’s Resource Society, Campbell River, BC