The Facts
 Domestic violence is a gendered crime…
  • Spousal violence has been consistently identified as one of the most common forms of violence against women in Canada.1
Women experience more serious forms of spousal assault…
  • Of the homicide cases with domestic violence involvement which occurred in Ontario from 2002 to 2015, 81% of victims were women, 9% were children and 10% were men.10
Domestic homicides are more common in certain relationships…
  • Women are six times more likely to be killed by an ex-spouse than a current legally married spouse.13 In fact, the period immediately after a separation is the most dangerous for abuse victims.14
Many incidents of domestic violence are not reported to police…
  • Less than one-third (30%) of female spousal violence victims state that the incident was reported to police (2009), down from 36% in 2004.16
Children are affected by domestic violence…
  • Almost 6 in 10 women with children who were assaulted by spouses said their children heard or saw the violent episode (59%) (2009).33
Many women rely on women’s shelters to escape domestic violence…
  • In 2017-18 there were over 68,000 admissions of women and children to the 552 shelters in Canada that provided services for abused women. (
Women attempt to leave an abusive relationship a number of times, before finally severing ties…
  • The average woman will make up to five attempts to leave her abuser before ending the relationship permanently.40

The following links provide video resources:

Why domestic violence victims don't leave TED talk by Leslie Morgan Steiner

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Getting Help starts with the first step. The following numbers are a resource to services and support programs that can help or direct you to find the resources you need.

Hiatus House 24/7 Helpline

Phone: 519-252-7781

Toll Free: 1-800-265-5142

TDD: 519-252-2768

Hiatus House Business Line

Phone: 519-252-1143

Kids Help Phone

Toll Free: 1-800-668-6868

Teen Health Centre

Phone: 519-253-8481

Legal Aid Ontario

Toll Free: 1-800-668-8258

TTY: 1-866-641-8867

Community Legal Aid

Phone: 519-253-7150

Legal Assistance of Windsor

Phone: 519-256-7831

Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic

Phone: 519-253-3526

Bell Relay: 1-800-855-0511

Family Law Information Centres (FLICs)

Windsor Phone: 519-973-6620