Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any intentional and unwanted contact with you or something close to your body. Sometimes abusive behaviour does not cause pain or even leave a bruise, but it’s still unhealthy. Examples of physical abuse include:

  • Scratching, punching, biting, strangling or kicking.
  • Throwing something at you such as a phone, book, shoe or plate.
  • Pulling your hair.
  • Pushing or pulling you.
  • Grabbing your clothing.
  • Using a gun, knife, box cutter, bat, mace or other weapon.
  • Smacking your bottom without your permission or consent.
  • Forcing you to have sex or perform a sexual act.
  • Grabbing your face to make you look at them.
  • Grabbing you to prevent you from leaving or to force you to go somewhere.

Escaping Physical Abuse

Start by learning that you are not alone. Many people do not know what to do when this happens. If you are in a similar situation:

  • Realize this behaviour is wrong.
  • Talk to an adult, friend or family member that you trust.
  • Create a safety plan.
  • Consider getting a restraining order.
  • Do not accept or make excuses for abusive behaviour.
  • Remember that physical abuse is never your fault.

Protecting Yourself – Physical Abuse usually gets worse. It is important to know the warning signs to prevent more serious harm.

The WISH program is for women and their children who are fleeing or are vulnerable to domestic abuse.

They offer emergency, 24 hour professional and confidential services for the following:

  • safe, temporary accommodation for up to 10 nights in private and confidential operators’ homes.
  • Crisis and emotional support
  • Transportation
  • Information and resources
  • Referral services within and outside of the Columbia Valley
  • Advocacy
  • Accompaniment to appointments
  • Access to our services can be through the Crisis Line (1-800-200-3003), through family or friends, a doctor, RCMP or Victim Services.