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Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger. Family violence is a crime.

Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages or find other supports.

Family violence includes physical, verbal, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, neglect, stalking or being kept from seeing other people or forced to stay in one place.

What you can do

  • Offer to help at your local women’s shelter as a volunteer, board member or fundraiser
  • Share resources on family violence through social media and in your community
  • Organize or participate in a Family Violence Prevention Month activity in your area
  • Encourage your local public library to carry magazines and books about family violence
  • Collect toys, books and toiletry items from your neighbours to donate to your local youth or women's shelter

What professionals can do

  • Submit an article about family violence to your local newspaper, offer to speak on a radio station or write a blog post
  • Share resources on family violence through social media
  • Display articles, artwork and resources about family violence in your office
  • Ask the local health clinics to provide family violence resources in waiting and examining rooms
  • Ask local businesses to display family violence posters and resources
  • Work with local churches and faith communities to provide resources

What men and boys can do

  • Learn to recognize family violence and know how to help
  • Show leadership by discussing family violence with family, friends, neighbours and co-workers and teaching them about healthy relationships
  • Integrate family violence awareness in sports coaching and youth mentoring activities.
  • Speak out against family violence at public events
  • Volunteer and fundraise for women’s emergency shelters and other agencies
  • Participate in community-based awareness activities and initiatives
  • Join associations that address family violence while promoting gender equality
  • Raise awareness in your workplace by hosting workshops or developing a protocol

What schools can do

  • Help children learn non-violent ways of dealing with conflict
  • Educate young people about dating violence and all other forms of abuse
  • Place dating violence posters in the school and provide family violence information sheets for students
  • Give copies of a dating safely checklist to all students on registration day
  • Include information about dating violence in the school newsletter
  • Develop a student led anti-violence and anti-bullying campaign
  • Honour students who work to reduce violence and bullying
  • Organize an event to collect teddy bears, quilts and other items to donate to a shelter for comforting children and youth

What employers can do

  • Establish policies that help all staff understand more about family violence and the resources and assistance that are available
  • Support employees who may be dealing with family violence issues
  • Share information at meetings, online or through print resources
  • Display prevention and support information in areas where your customers or clients can see it or take it with them
  • Work with community organizations to provide funding for programs and services to help victims of family violence
  • Sponsor an event to raise awareness during Family Violence Prevention Month

What community organizations can do

  • Contact the nearest Regional Family Violence and Bullying Prevention Coordinator to discuss family violence initiatives in your region
  • Create an interagency working group to formalize a commitment to end family violence in your community
  • Develop a listing of services available in your community to help those impacted by family violence
  • Identify and address family violence service gaps in your community
  • Start a support group for victims of family violence
  • Plan a public forum on family violence
  • Distribute family violence awareness resources to businesses, employers, medical professionals and faith organizations
  • Proclaim Family Violence Prevention Month each November, coordinate a campaign and encourage individuals and community groups to participate in awareness activities