What Is Abuse?

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As part of the Live Safe — End Abuse series about relationship abuse (family violence), this fact sheet explains that abuse can be:

  • physical, emotional, or verbal;
  • psychological;
  • financial; or
  • sexual.
The fact sheet also explains:

  • the types of abuse that are against the law,
  • how the police can help, and
  • where to get support services and legal help.

All fact sheets in this series are folded for display in brochure racks. Updated to reflect the new BC Family Law Act (March 18, 2013).

For information about abuse in same-sex relationships, see Safety in Same-Gender Relationships, Safety in Relationships for Trans Folk, or the Safe Choices Program on the Ending Violence Association of BC website.

See Abuse & family violence for a complete list of all the fact sheets in this series.

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