Domestic violence is physical assault, sexual assault, and/or threats of assault directed by a person towards their partner with whom there is or has been a relationship (e.g. friendship, dating, common law, marriage, roommates) and includes assault in or outside the home.

If you are being abused, remember:

  • You are not to blame for being battered or mistreated.

  • You are not the cause of your partner’s abusive behavior.

  • You deserve to be treated with respect.

  • You deserve a safe and happy life.

  • Your children deserve a safe and happy life.

  • You are not alone. There are people waiting to help

  • You do not have to suffer in silence.


You can contact us in confidence and we can help you by talking with you, giving you emotional support and helping you to see and understand the choices that you can make to help stop the abuse. If you decide, at any stage, that leaving the abuser or your home is something you need to do, we can help support you as you move away. This can include giving you information about health, housing, social security benefits and other sources of assistance. Whatever you chose to do, we know that your safety is the most important thing.

The decision to take action against your abuser may be difficult. But if you do decide, at any time, that you want to report the abuse to the police, we can provide information and support. We can also support you if you choose to go to criminal and/or family court.



District of Parry Sound Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee

The District of Parry Sound “Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee” (DPSDVCC) will work towards eliminating all forms of partner abuse and sexual violence in the District of Parry Sound by promoting individual and community awareness, understanding, and action in response to these issues and through the collaboration and coordination of service providers.

Esprit Place Women’s Shelter

Assaulted Women’s Helpline