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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is the intentional and systematic use of tactics to establish and maintain power and control over the thoughts, beliefs, and conduct of a woman by creating fear and/or dependency.

The tactics include, but are not limited to, emotional, financial, physical and sexual abuse, as well as, intimidation, isolation, threats, using the children and using social status and privilege. Learn more about the signs of domestic violence or about making a safety plan.

Domestic violence includes the sum of all past acts of violence and the promise of future violence that achieves enhanced power and control for the perpetrator over the partner.

Abusive behaviour does not result from individual, personal or moral deficits, diseases, diminished intellect, addiction, mental illness, poverty or the other person’s behaviour or external events.

See statistics related to domestic violence in Waterloo Region.