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Family and intimate partner violence

It can happen to anyone and it threatens everyone’s basic right to live free of violence.

In 2019, police in Peel responded to more than 19,000 incidents of family and intimate partner disputes. On average, that’s 50 disputes every day or 2 every hour. That’s just what gets reported. Most incidents are not reported.

Family and intimate partner violence (FIPV) is any type of controlling or threatening behaviour, physical or sexual violence, or abuse between intimate partners or family members.

It's not okay

It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or gender identity. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from.

Violence and abuse can lead to poor physical and mental health, serious injuries and even homicide.

Help is available

If you or someone you know needs support, call 2-1-1 toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If it's an emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

The numbers

What we're doing

Currently we're working to raise visibility, and awareness on the issue of family and intimate partner violence. This work will help us identify and reduce cases in our community.

On February 13, 2020, Regional Council unanimously passed a motion and the Region of Peel was directed to work with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, as well as Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and more than 10 community organizations to develop an awareness campaign to address the issue of domestic violence in the Region of Peel.

We consulted with several other community organizations during the development of this campaign to ensure that it meets the needs of the Peel community.

Join us

We want Peel to know about family and intimate partner violence. Our campaign is here for you to share with your community, friends and family.

Other information

Peel families and youth struggle to thrive due to family violence, mental health and addictions issues and systemic discrimination. On October 22, 2020 Regional Council adopted Peel's Community Safety and Well-being Plan (CSWB).

Family violence has been identified as a focus area of the plan.

Learn more about the CSWB plan.

We’re thankful for our partners who have worked closely with us to plan and support this important campaign.

  • Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin
  • City of Brampton
  • Town of Caledon
  • City of Mississauga
  • Family Transition Place
  • Family Services of Peel
  • Interim Place/ Peel Committee Against Women Abuse (PCAWA)
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Caledon Detachment
  • Peel Children's Aid
  • Peel Regional Police
  • Region of Peel
  • Safe City Mississauga
  • Town of Caledon
  • United Way Greater Toronto
  • 211 Central

Caledon/Dufferin Victim Services
Assist victims and those effected by interpersonal violence. Includes helpful descriptions of the different types of violence.

Victim Services of Peel
Helps victims of domestic abuse or traumatic events such as sexual assault, sudden death, and armed robberies.

Signs of an abusive relationship
Recognize the signs of abuse and prevent it before it starts. Answer some simple questions to help identify if you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship.

Finding shelter
Supports people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness; including emergency and transitional shelters, street outreach, support services and help to find permanent housing.

Support for women

Interim Place
Provides shelter, support, counselling and advocacy to help abused women and their children break the cycle of violence.

Violence against women quick reference guide
A comprehensive list of available community services available for women.

Creating a safety plan
A booklet designed to provide women with strategies for when they have experienced or are at risk of experiencing violence to increase safety.

Support for children

Peel Children's Aid Society
Protects children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families. CAS also works with families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues.

Support for seniors

Understanding elder abuse
Learn about the types and signs of elder abuse.

Peel Elder Abuse Support Program
Provides direct support to seniors who have been exploited, abused, and/or are experiencing challenges and struggles associated with abuse, neglect and aging.

Peel Elder Abuse Support Line
Provides telephone support and information 24/7 to seniors or anyone in the community experiencing elder abuse, or for anyone who knows someone who is being mistreated.

Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network
Find a list of community resources to get help.