Infographic: Know your rights–Domestic abuse

Published: July 23, 2018

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Text by Josephine Li
Design by Loulwa Elali

In Canada, abuse is never tolerated. There are laws in Ontario that protect you against domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Financial

Domestic abuse happens between

  • Spouses/partners
  • Parent/caregiver and child
  • Caregiver and family member
  • Family member and elderly person

Examples of domestic abuse


  • hitting
  • pushing
  • burning
  • pinching
  • punching
  • slapping
  • kicking
  • stabbing
  • cutting


  • taking your money or paycheck without permission
  • withholding money, so that you can’t pay for things you or your children need, such as food, shelter or medical treatment


  • insults or humiliation
  • intimidation
  • harassment or threats
  • criticizing or blaming
  • breaking your things
  • hurting or threatening to hurt family or friends or pets
  • keeping you from seeing your family or friends
  • threatening to take away or hurt your children


  • any time someone touches you in a sexual way without your consent
  • continues sexual activity when you asked to stop
  • forces you to commit unsafe or humiliating sexual acts

Abuse can also include controlling you in a way that you’re not able to do things freely. This can include:

  • withholding your passport, identification or other important documents
  • keeping you in your home and not allowing you to leave
  • constantly questioning and monitoring your internet and phone use
  • not allowing you to see your family and friends