Recognizing Abuse

Physical Abuse - Pulling hair, pushing, pinching, hitting, kicking, spitting, erratic driving to cause fear or harm, choking and anything causing harm.

Emotional Abuse - Blaming, swearing, name calling, yelling, causes of emotional disharmony.

Psychological Abuse - Isolation from friends and family, causing children to turn on or alienate the other parent, blaming, blackmail, being told you are crazy or mentally unstable.

Sexual Abuse - Forced or unwanted sexual acts, unwanted exposure to or creation of pornography, forced acceptance of an affair, knowingly transmitting sexual disease, forced pregnancy.

Financial Abuse - Controlling access to household finances, not providing for basic necessities, taking victims money, using money as a control tactic.

Spiritual Abuse - Not allowing or restricting access to faith of choice, not being allowed to pray, read or fellowship with faith based or cultural activities.

The effects of domestic violence may lead to breakdown in communication, isolation from others, withdrawal from family and friends, avoiding the public, spending more time at work, not wanting to come home, fear and anxiety, low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, depression, thoughts of suicide, feelings of guilt, emotional highs and lows, emotional numbness, tendencies toward revenge, feeling mentally or physically ill, increased alcohol and drug use, dependency on prescriptions to feel better.

If you know of someone who is being abused or is wanting to leave an abusive partner or situation, encourage them to contact the Camrose Women's Shelter for support and assistance by calling 1-877-672-1010

Planning Ahead

Safety Plan = Increasing your chances of leaving safely

A safety plan is a plan that helps you to reduce the risks that you and your children face.

There is no right or wrong way to do a safety plan. Make it your plan. Review it often. Make changes as you need to. There is help for you to develop a safety plan. You can ask a social worker, family violence worker, or a police officer to work with you on this.

Call our crisis line: 1-877-672-1010
                             or 780-672-1035

Safety plans will help you be as safe as you can be from future abuse.

They are used by people who:
• Want to leave, but it's not safe
• Are not sure about leaving, but need help in case the abuser gets violent
• Have left and the threat of violence is still there

This can be a stressful and dangerous time for you and your children. Above all else, stay safe and if needed, call 911.