What is Abuse?

Abuse is a pattern of behaviours used by one person to gain and maintain power and control over another. Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case! Abuse comes in many forms—it’s not just physical. Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs is a red flag that abuse may be present. Remember, each type of abuse is serious, and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind.

Click the buttons below to explore the warning signs of different kinds of abuse.


If you are experiencing abuse, keeping track of abusive incidents will help you to identify specific red flags, take steps toward safety, and prepare yourself if you decide to see legal help. Click here to learn more about documenting abuse.



KIDS HELP PHONE: A huge archive of resources and information – this is a great place to look for help with any issues you may be dealing with. 

You can call the Kids Help Phone 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868 or text at 686868 to talk with a trained crisis responder about any issue, big or small. 

NEEDHELPHOW.CA: Information on dealing with digital abuse, including how to get sexually explicit images/videos removed from the internet and options for reporting.




WISH PROGRAM: Invermere-based program that offers free, confidential support services for women and their children who have been impacted by domestic abuse or violence within the family.

WOMEN’S OUTREACH: Invermere-based program that provides support and advocacy to women who have been abused or who are at risk of being abused.

SEXUAL ABUSE INTERVENTION PROGRAM (SAIP): Invermere-based program for children and youth under the age of 19 who have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted. 



PEACE PROGRAM: Invermere-based counselling services for children and youth who have witnessed or experienced abuse, threats, or violence.

INVERMERE RCMP VICTIM SERVICESIf you have been the victim of a crime, victim services can help you access the emotional, physical and financial supports you need. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. 

Phone: 250-342-3937
Email: amy.lange@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

VICTIMLINKBC:  A toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can be accessed by calling or texting 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.

LOVEISRESPECT.ORG: For more information about dating, healthy relationships, and personal safety.

DONTGETSEXTORTED.CA: Pictures of naked mole rats to send instead of your own nudes.