Edmonton Police Service defines domestic violence as " Domestic Violence is defined as any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. It may include a single act of violence or a number of acts forming a pattern of abuse through the use of assaultive and controlling behaviour. The pattern of abuse may include:
Threats to harm children, other family members, pets, and property
An intimate relationship is defined as a relationship between opposite-sex or same-sex partners. These relationships vary in duration and legal formality, and include:
Current and former dating relationships,
Current and former common-law relationships,
Current and former married relationships, and
Persons who are the parents of one or more children, regardless of their marital status or whether they have lived together at any time.
Domestic Violence cuts across every line of geography, income and social status. Abuse is found in every community in our country and thousands of incidents of domestic violence occur every year. Domestic Violence is not always observable through physical injury. Changes in behaviour, demeanour, and social relationships can also be signs of issues within an intimate relationship."
In Asian and African cultures, it is the norm for most women to remain in those relationships. They choose to remain for the sake of their children, they remain because they have nowhere else to go, or they remain because they are too invested in the relationship. Ladies Corner with Tee interviewed three women. Two of these women chose to stay. Their reasons are different, but the path they chose ultimately saved them and their loved ones. These women believed they and their partners could be better. Their approach worked.
I suppose it is easy to walk away at the earliest signs of abuse. This is what I would do. Choosing to remain, choosing to fight as it were, is a novel approach and it is worth more examination.
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If you need support or if this affects you in any way, please contact:
Family Violence Prevention: 780 423 1635
Edmonton Violence Prevention Centre (EVPC) : (780) 439 4635
Dial 911 if you are in danger
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