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What Is Violence Against Women?

Violence against women is defined as any threat or act of gender-based hostile behaviour that can result in physical, sexual, verbal, financial, emotional or mental harm or suffering to a woman. This includes acts of intimidation or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.

Examples of violence against women, include:

  • Insults or put-downs;
  • Embarrassment in front of others;
  • Making her feel worthless, guilty, ashamed or responsible for problems in a relationship;
  • Isolation from family and friends;
  • Performance of any unwanted sexual behaviour;
  • Intimidation by use of looks, actions, gestures or threats;
  • Financial controls such as withholding money;
  • Threats of violence against you, your family or pets;
  • Pushing, choking, slapping or kicking;
  • Throwing or breaking objects;
  • Threats to withdraw immigration sponsorship arrangements; and,
  • Threats to have you deported.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you would like to talk to a Sandgate women’s advocate about your personal experience, please call our confidential 24-hour helpline at 1-800-661-8294.

There are no fees for our services, and all calls are confidential. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can choose not to leave your name.

We’re here to help you wherever you are on your journey.