Statistics on Family Violence Against Children and Youth

In October 2009, StatsCan published its 12th annual Family Violence in Canada report. The focus of the report was on shelters that provide residential services to women and children leaving situations of domestic violence. The information found in this article is taken directly from the StatsCan report. Any comments made by the OWJN are identified as such and are placed in...

Ways to Support Her

Once the warning signs of abuse are recognized, friends, families or associates may want to help the victim of abuse in any way they can. It is a big step to want to help a victim, as you may be putting yourself in danger as well. Raising awareness on women abuse is an ongoing task. If you can help even one victim, all the efforts put into educating and making people aware of domestic abuse is...

Q&A on Child Protection

Q. WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PARENT?A. As a parent, you should:not be abusive towards your child, not neglect your child, not allow others to mistreat, abuse or neglect your child It is important to know that children who witness the abuse of their mothers are now considered to be potentially at risk of suffering harm. If the Children's Aid Society (CAS) does not believe the mother has...

The Effects of DV on Youth

Many children who witness the abuse of their mothers demonstrate significant behavioural and/or emotional problems including psychosomatic disorders, stuttering, anxiety and fears, sleep disruption, excessive crying and problems at school. How your child or children will be affected depends on the individual child, their age and gender, how much they witness and whether or not they are...

Profile of a Domestic Abuser

The first thing to know about any abuser is that he is a normal man. There is nothing unusual about him, nothing to indicate he is an abuser. Every abuser believes he has a right to control a woman. Their need to control is far greater than his capacity for love of the woman or the children. Abusers don't forget about their abuse, they just deny it. Abusers minimize the impact and effect of...

Warning Signs of Dating Violence

Are you or do you know someone that is going out with a person who...?is jealous, possessive, checks up on you or won’t accept breaking up? tries to control you by being bossy, making all the decisions, has to have it his/her way all the time? screams, yells, puts you down in front of your friends, tells you that you are stupid or ugly? scares you, makes you wonder if you have done something...