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What is Family Violence?

Family violence: Family violence refers to abuse of power in a family or other trusting relationship. There are many terms for family violence that includes; Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour used by one person to gain power and control over another person. Domestic violence exists on a continuum that can include intimidation, mental or emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, stalking and harassment.

What is Gender-Based Violence?

Violence that is committed against someone based on their gender identity, gender expression, or perceived gender.

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

Any behavior that one intimate partner (current or former) uses to establish power and control over another intimate partner.  Violence can occur regardless of whether the individuals involved are/were living together or not.

Myth about violence and abuse:

Myth: Domestic violence happens among families with low socioeconomic status.

Fact: Violence does not discriminate. Victims and their victimizers represent every socioeconomic level, profession, education, age, sexual orientation and gender.

Parenting can be challenging:

Parenting can be exhausting, hard work, and far beyond the many blissful portraits, you may see on Facebook or on the cover of parenting magazines. Of course, we want to become the best parents we can be, and yet it is a harsh reminder that being the best parent we can be may be far from perfection of those glossy selfies that flood your text feed.

Sometimes there will be moments when your parenting may only be “good enough”. You will have moments of tears and frustration and hope and laughter. You may have regrets for the things you did and regrets for the things you did not do.  Despite a visit to your local bookstore or googling online, there has never been more information about parenting and, yet, more and more parents feel alone, isolated, and uninformed.

Parenting can be sleeplessness, and tantrums, and uncertainty, and tears, and laughter and joy and heartache. Parenting is communicating, organizing emotions, prioritizing, setting boundaries, looking on the bright side, making decisions and, parenting is a whole lot of reflection. You may not have all the answers but you are the answer to what your child needs. You and your child are hard-wired for connection – maybe today was a hard day, but the good news is tomorrow is a new day.