COVID-19 updates — abuse & family violence

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Is it abuse?

Tia recognizes she's in an abusive relationship in our short illustrated story, When behaviour is abuse.

Illustration to introduce a story

If you're afraid of your partner, being confined at home during COVID-19 can be very scary. If you're in danger, call 911.

If you're not in immediate danger, call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 for information about services near you. There are organizations that can help you during COVID-19.

You can also find information on this website and order free publications if it's safe for you to do so.

Even if your partner has never been violent, there are many ways they can be abusive. Any kind of abuse is harmful, and some kinds are a crime. Often, the abuser blames the abuse on the victim. But abuse is the abuser's fault.

Abuse against you isn't your fault. To learn how to safely reach out for help during social isolation, see Signal for Help.

See these pages for more about what you can do to stay safe during COVID-19:

Protection orders during COVID-19 for how you can get a family law protection order from Provincial or Supreme Court. Includes a helpful video.

Safety planning during COVID-19 for what safety plans are, how you can make a safety plan, and who can help you make one.

Questions and Answers about family violence