What is Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Abuse?

Gender-based violence refers to violence that targets individuals or groups on the basis of their gender. This includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, the threat of such acts, coercion, and other deprivations of liberty.

Domestic violence (also known as domestic abuse,spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, and intimate partner violence (IPV)), is a pattern of behaviour which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical aggression or assault or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering behaviour; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

If you are experiencing Gender-Based Violence or Domestic Abuse, dial *134*7355#, accessible 24/7 and in all 9 provinces!

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