How to Get Help
If you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, it is never too early to reach out for help! Violence and abuse can quickly escalate in relationship and the earlier you get support, the better.
To get help, please call any of these numbers:
- If you are in immediate danger: Call 9-1-1
- If you are believe you are experiencing domestic abuse: 24-hour Family Violence Helpline – 403-234-SAFE (7233)
- If you have been sexually abused in an intimate relationship: 24-hour Sexual Violence Support and Information – 403-237-5888 (Toll Free: 1-877-237-5888)
- To report domestic abuse or violence: Calgary Police Service Non-Emergency Line – 403-266-1234
Unfortunately the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective is not equipped to help victims of domestic violence, but when you call the numbers above, there are people who can help you 24-hours a day.
KNOWING IF YOU NEED HELP
No relationship is perfect, but there are some signs when a person is in an unhealthy relationship. While an abusive relationship does not always involve physical violence, it is not uncommon for bad behaviour in a relationship to get worse – which can lead to serious physical or emotional harm over time.
If you are experiencing any of these in your relationship, reach out for help:
• You are being hit, kicked or physically hurt.
• You or others in your family are being forced to perform sexual activities when you / they don’t want to do it. Even if you are married or engaged, your partner cannot force you to have sex.
• You, your family members or pets are being threatened or intimidated so that you will do what the other person wants.
• You are being controlled and isolated by not being allowed to leave the house, not being allowed to contact family and friends, or constantly being monitored.
• You are constantly being put down or ignored to the point that you feel worthless.
• You are not getting your basic needs for food, water, clothing or medical care met.
• You do not have access to your own or your family’s money, or have your money and belongings taken from you without permission.
• You are afraid of the other person.