Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is often referred to as family violence or spousal abuse. It involves the controlling behaviour of someone who is close to you and can include any intentional or reckless act that causes injury, property damage or intimidation to yourself or a family member. Examples of acts of domestic abuse can include:

  • Verbal and emotional abuse, e.g. name-calling
  • Hitting, punching, kicking, strangulation and other forms of physical abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Forced confinement
  • Neglect
  • Financial abuse
  • Stalking and Harassment
  • Ridiculing a person's religious beliefs
  • Threatens to harm you, other people or animals

Many forms of domestic abuse are crimes. Research also shows that violence in the home may have harmful and lasting consequences on the well-being of children. The following resources are meant as a guide to help you learn more about domestic abuse.

If you would like more information regarding any of the topics listed below, or you would like to find out how to stop someone (or yourself) from being exposed to domestic abuse, please contact Bow Valley Victim Services.

For me, Bow Valley Victim Services Association and the Canmore RCMP detachment have risen above my expectations. They came to my aid with patience, knowledge, and a highly responsible attitude that has allowed me to feel empowered and safe. For this I will be forever grateful.