Family violence
   
What to do
If you are experiencing family violence 

• Remember, it's not your fault! You aren't responsible for the violent behaviour of your family members.

• You don't deserve to be a victim of violence. Violence is always unacceptable.

• You have a right to be safe.

• You are not alone!

Break the silence! It may not always be easy but it's the only way to reduce violent behaviour and ensure that all those involved are able to receive help and stop living in fear.

Talk with an adult you trust (e.g. a family member, a parent, a school or CLSC counsellor, or call Tel-jeunes). 

Develop a game plan. You can’t see every crisis coming, but you can plan for emergencies. Establish a plan to ensure your safety in dangerous situations. For example: establish where you could go, who could take you in, write down the telephone numbers of people or resources you could contact in an emergency (e.g. a family member you trust, Tel-jeunes, the police), etc.

Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. Help will arrive quickly.

Put your plan in place. When a crisis occurs, it's no time to play hero or argue. Your safety is what's important, so quickly put your plan into action.

Report the situation. If the situation persists, you can report it in confidence to the youth protection counsellors (call us at Tel- jeunes at 1 800 263-2266 to find out more).

Seek help. Remind yourself that as soon as you start getting help, the other person can too.

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