What is woman abuse?

Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation

Spousal abuse can include:

  • Physical abuse: Slapping, choking, or punching her. Using hands or objects as weapons. Threatening her with a knife or gun. Committing murder.

  • Sexual abuse: Using threats, intimidation, or physical force to force her into unwanted sexual acts.

  • Emotional or verbal abuse: Threatening to kill her (or to kill the children, other family members or pets), threatening to commit suicide, making humiliating or degrading comments about her body or behaviour, forcing her to commit degrading acts, isolating her from friends or family, confining her to the house, destroying her possessions, and other actions designed to demean her or to restrict her freedom and independence.

  • Financial abuse: Stealing or controlling her money or valuables (of particular concern to older women). Forcing her to work. Denying her the right to work.

  • Spiritual abuse: Using her religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control her.

  • Criminal harassment/stalking: Following her or watching her in a persistent, malicious, and unwanted manner. Invading her privacy in a way that threatens her personal safety.

67% of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.

  • Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-Indigenous women.

  • 6,000+ women and children sleep in shelters on any given night because it isn’t safe at home.