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Domestic Violence

Women and children fleeing war are more vulnerable to unsafe situations and can find it harder to leave. 

Domestic abuse, also called “domestic violence” or “intimate partner violence”, can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. 

This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can occur within a range of relationships including couples who are married, living together or dating. It can also occur in the context of a host-guest relationship. 

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone. 

Abusive behaviour is never acceptable. No one has the right to make you feel unsafe in your home. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.

Guests and Hosts: If you are part of our hosting program and you feel unsafe, please contact a member of our team immediately. provides information to help connect women and their children across Canada with the nearest shelter for safety and support.

If you are in an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 

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