Are You in an Abusive Relationship?
Healthy versus Unhealthy Relationships
Healthy relationships are based on love, trust and respect for each other and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
Unhealthy relationships typically start with behaviour that is obsessive in nature and can quickly lead to abuse.
Partnering with our Communities to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence
Signs Of Obsessive Behaviour
Obsessive people tend to exhibit jealousy, anger and controlling behaviour that can lead to threats, verbal and sexual abuse along with physical violence. Abusive behaviour should NEVER be confused with passion or “love,” it is simply wrong.
Getting Out Of An Abusive Relationship
It is vital that you recognize the signs of an abusive relationship to minimize any future harm. Do NOT make excuses for the behaviour or think that you can change it-your partner needs professional help. Remove and/or end the relationship. Your well being depends on it.
What If I Am The Victim Of Domestic Violence
If you are the victim of domestic violence, call 9-1-1. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A CRIME. It is against the law for a person to assault or threaten another person in an intimate relationship. Violence in relationships can lead to serious injury, suicide and homicide.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE includes acts used to maintain power and control over a person by creating fear and isolation. Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial.
VICTIMS ARE ABUSED in all social, religious, racial, cultural, income and educational groups regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or relationship status.
The Toronto Police Service is committed to assisting with the prevention and reduction of domestic violence through intervention and education, and by holding offenders accountable for their actions. The police are required to lay charges when there are reasonable grounds to believe an offence has occurred.
Whether you’re married, living together or just dating, it is important that you know and recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship as this can lead to trouble.
Useful Contact Numbers
SCARBOROUGH GRACE HOSPITAL
NEW WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL
BARBRA SCHLIFER CLINIC
ARAB COMMUNITY CENTRE
416-231-7746 (Arabic, Armenian, French, Kurdish, Somali, Urdu)
CENTRE FOR SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLES
FAMILY SERVICE TORONTO
JEWISH FAMILY & CHILD SERVICE
416-638-7800 (French, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish)
KOREAN CANADIAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
NATIVE CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES
416-969-8510 (Ojibway, other native interpretation)
OASIS CENTRE DES FEMMES
POLYCULTURAL IMMIGRANT AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
416-533-9471 (Polish, Russian, Ukrainian)
SOUTH ASIAN FAMILY SUPPORT
416-431-4847 (Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu. Chinese, French, Spanish)
SOUTH EAST ASIAN SERVICES
416-362-1375 (Cantonese, Mandarin, Filipino)
TAMIL EELAM SOCIETY OF CANADA
416-757-6043 (Tamil, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Sinhala, Turkish)
TROPICANA COMMUNITY SERVICES
416-439-9009 (African & Caribbean Communities)
VIETNAMESE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO
VICTIM / WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CONTACT NUMBERS
Old City Hall
College Park Court
Metro North Court
Metro West Court
Metro East Court
Youth & Family Court (311 Jarvis St.)
To report a crime anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at: www.crimestoppers.com. For more crime prevention tips visit: tps.on.ca/crimeprevention
In An Emergency: Call 9-1-1
To report a crime to the Toronto Police that is not an emergency call: 416-808-22
COMMUNITY INFORMATION TORONTO
VICTIM SERVICES TORONTO
LEGAL AID ONTARIO
ASSAULTED WOMEN’S HELPLINE
TORONTO RAPE CRISIS CENTRE
THE 519 ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual / Transgender Communities
KIDS HELP PHONE
To report a crime anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), online at 222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)
In an emergency, call 9-1-1
To report a crime to the Toronto Police that is not an emergency, call 416-808-2222