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Avon Safe & Sound Program
Did you know that almost half of junior high students say they have been bullied online? And almost a fifth say they've experienced online dating violence? It's important to know that online relationships, just like real-life relationships, can be unhealthy. If you think you or someone you know is in an unhealthy, abusive online relationship, this tip sheet is for you.
Not all abusive relationships are physically violent. Things like scaring someone, making them feel bad about themselves, or cutting them off from friends and family are still abuse. Often the actions are private, but in some cases the abusive partner may use an audience to make things worse. When it happens online, it takes teh form of emotional abuse and it can be especially damaging.
Abuse takes many forms. The harm you expereince may be physical, sexual, emotional, financial or spiritual. Your abuser may be your spouse, someone you're dating, a family member, a caregiver, or a friend. Sometimes the abuse follows a pattern, sometimes it doesn't. The abuse may happen every day or occasionally. It doesn't matter - abuse is always wrong.
If you think you are experiencing abuse, this tip sheet will help you learn more.
Every six days, another woman in Canada is murdered by her current or former partner. Every night, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in a women's shelter or transition house because it's not safe for them at home.
If you know someone who is experiencing violence, this tip sheet will help you take effetive action.