Violence is hurting another person either by accident or on purpose. There are many different forms of violence that occur to different people for different reasons.
- In Canada, we are fortunate to have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We can exercise these rights and freedoms as long as our actions do not impede the rights of others. For example, people can scream and kick the air or their own things all they want. However, once they start kicking and screaming at someone else, they have committed a violent illegal act.
- Marginalized people, such as visible minorities, persons with disabilities, GLBTQ individuals, women and seniors have a higher risk of becoming victims of violent crime.
- Child Abuse
- Dating Violence
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse & Harassment
- Indians Residential Schools
- Human Trafficking
- Elder Abuse
What you can do
If you have been a victim of a violent act…
Tell someone right away. Talk to a police officer, doctor/nurse, parent, teacher, friend or trusted adult. If there is no one you feel comfortable talking to, call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. It is a completely anonymous and free service for youth available 24 hours a day.
If you have witnessed a violent act…
First, make sure you are safe then report the incident to the police as soon as possible. If an individual is hurt, call 911 or alert the proper authorities in your area.
If you suspect or know someone may have been a victim of violence…
Ask them if they need assistance. Be aware that some people may be embarrassed to admit they were victims of violence and they may refuse your help. Whatever the scenario is, make sure you’re safe before you try to help someone.