Need Help? Call 911 or the CAWES Family Violence Helpline 1-888-346-5643 now

Family Violence Helpline

You have the right to a healthy relationship! You do not deserve to be abused, and it is not your fault.

If the safety of you or your children is at risk, call 911or the CAWES Family Violence Helpline 1-888-346-5643 now.

Our trained counselors are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, 365 days-a-year to support you in your journey. We are here to answer your questions, hear your voice and provide support and advice in a non-judgmental environment. We understand that no two relationships are the same, and your situation is unique.

Wherever you are, whatever you need – we are here to help. Please call.

How to Recognize Violence

Family violence is when one person in a relationship uses a pattern of behaviours to intentionally control or harm another person. It can happen in heterosexual, same-sex, common-law, separated/divorced and dating relationships. Family violence is present in homes, regardless of race, religion, age, income or education.

If you recognize any of the following behaviours in your relationship or think you may be experiencing family violence call us on our 24 hour Family Violence Helpline 1-403-346-5643 or toll-free 1-888-346-5643.

Many people think of family violence or abuse as simply physical: hitting, pushing, slapping, etc., but in fact it can take on many forms.

Verbal Abuse

Behavior the causes harm with words

How it works: Name calling, insults, public humiliation, yelling

Early Warning Signs: Teasing that includes insults




Psychological and Emotional Abuse

Behaviour intended to cause psychological or emotional distress

How it works: Threats, intimidation, put-downs, jealousy, possessiveness, isolating a person from friends and family, destroying gifts, clothing, or letters or damaging a car, home or possessions.

Early Warning Signs:Pouting when you spend time with your friends, threatening to leave you in an unsafe location, trying to control what you do.

Physical Abuse

Behaviours that inflict harm on a person

How it works: Slapping, hitting, shoving, grabbing, hair pulling, biting, throwing objects

Early Warning Signs: Going into a rage when disappointed or frustrated, teasing, tripping, pushing, threatening to injure.

Sexual Abuse

Behavior the causes harm with words

How it works: Sexual advances that make a person feel uncomfortable; sexual behaviour that is unwanted

Early Warning Signs: Using emotional blackmail to talk you into having sex ("if you loved me, you would…")