Intimate partner violence refers to harm caused by an intimate partner.
An intimate partner is someone with whom someone has or had a close personal relationship. Partners may identify as a couple or refer to each other as a spouse or partner. However, these terms also include violence in different relationships (for example, violence toward children or older adults).
Anyone, regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ability or ethnicity, can be a victim of intimate partner violence. In Canada:
— Women and girls have a higher rate of being subjected to intimate partner violence than men (source)
— Indigenous women are at considerably higher risk of violence and homicide than non-Indigenous women (source)
— Non-heterosexual women are more susceptible to sexual violence than heterosexual women (source)
Some of the warning signs of abuse can be:
— withdrawing from their friends and family
— being pressured to have their online activity monitored by their partner
— being humiliated or criticized by their partner in front of others (source)
If you are concerned for the safety of a loved one with firearms in the home, contact the Chief Firearms Officer in your province through the public safety line at 1-800-731-4000.
If someone is in immediate danger, contact 911.