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Family and intimate partner violence

It happens mostly to women, and it threatens our basic right to live free of violence.

Help is available

If you or someone you know needs support, call the Embrave: Agency to End Violence Crisis Line at 1-855-676-8515, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call or text 211 or the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511.

If it's an emergency call 911 immediately.

In 2021, police in Peel responded to more than 17,000 incidents of family and intimate partner violence. On average, that’s nearly 45 disputes every day or about 2 every hour. That's just what gets reported. Most incidents are not reported.

In Peel, of the charges that were laid in 2021 for intimate partner violence related incidents, 78% of the victims were women.

Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

Break the silence

Let’s start a conversation about family and intimate partner violence so that we can work together to stop abuse against women in all forms.

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

Other information

Violence against women can take many forms, such as:

  • Physical (hitting, pushing, choking, confining, or grabbing).
  • Psychological or emotional (put-downs, name-calling, threats, manipulative, or frightening actions).
  • Sexual (sexual assault, sexual coercion, forcing someone to engage in degrading or harmful sexual activity or to watch or engage in sexual acts without consent).
  • Economic (taking or withholding income, or not letting a partner participate in making financial decisions, keeping a partner from taking on paid work or disrupting their paid work).
  • Spiritual (belittling or limiting a partner’s ability to take part in spiritual activities, or ‘clerical abuse’ where trusted religious leaders target followers).
  • Stalking or harassment (following a person, showing up at their workplace uninvited, constant emails or phone calls).
  • Cyber-violence (posting demeaning messages, sharing explicit photos without permission, blackmail, spreading gossip or rumours online).
  • A woman is killed every 6 days in Canada by her intimate partner.
  • Peel Police reported that the highest number of incidents are family and intimate partner violence related.
  • There were 3 family and intimate partner homicides in Peel Region in 2021.
  • In 2021, police in Peel responded to more than 17,000 incidents of family and intimate partner violence. On average, that's nearly 45 disputes every day or about 2 every hour. That’s just what gets reported. Most incidents are not reported.
  • Between 2016 and 2021, there was a 3.5% increase in the rate of intimate partner disputes reported to Peel Regional Police.
  • In 2021, of the charges that were laid for intimate partner violence related incidents, 78% of the victims were women.

2022 marks the third year of this campaign and the November 25 launch date coincides with the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

On February 13, 2020, Regional Council unanimously passed a motion for the Region of Peel to work with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, as well as Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and community organizations to create ongoing awareness about domestic violence in the Region of Peel.

We want Peel to know about family and intimate partner violence. Help us spread the word. Together, let’s break the silence so we can stop abuse.

FIPV awareness flyers

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.

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

Learn more about the plan.

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.

Embrave toolkit
The What does it take to be a purple tie ally? campaign is a free resource that can be used to educate your organization and its followers about the allyship and the work to end gender-based violence.

Culleton, Kuzyk & Warmerdam inquest advocacy toolkit
Luke's Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children has developed this toolkit to assist organizations that do not have the time or resources to develop their own advocacy strategy and tools.

Support for women

Embrave: Agency to End Violence
An anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling and advocacy supports for women, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary individuals and their children experiencing any form of violence. Provide support and services to survivors with or without children.

211 Central
A free and confidential service can be accessed 24 hours a day, in more than 150 languages, by phone, chat, text, and web. 211 helps connect people to the right information and services, making their pathway to care and resources a guided and trusted one.

Assaulted Women's Helpline
For over 30 years, the Assaulted Women’s Helpline has served as a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.

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.