Hiatus House is a social service agency offering confidential intervention for families experiencing domestic violence.
Domestic abuse and violence, also known as intimate partner abuse and violence, is a pattern of behavior in which an intimate partner or former partner attempts to control the thoughts, beliefs, and/or actions of his/her partner. It may include physical, sexual, psychological, and/or financial abuse and it’s just as common among same-sex couples as it is among heterosexual couples.
Child abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse and/or neglect. It also addresses a pattern of abuse and risks of harm. Some definitions include:
Physical abuse is any deliberate physical force or action, by a parent or caregiver, which results, or could result, in injury to a child. It can include bruising, cuts, punching, slapping, beating, shaking, burning, biting or throwing a child. Using belts, sticks or other objects to punish a child can cause serious harm and is also considered abuse.
Neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to provide basic needs such as adequate food, sleep, safety, education, clothing or medical treatment. It also includes leaving a child alone or failing to provide adequate supervision. If the caregiver is unable to provide the child with basic needs due to financial inability, it is not considered neglect, unless relief has been offered and refused.
Emotional abuse is a pattern of behaviour that attacks a child’s emotional development and sense of self-worth. It includes excessive, aggressive or unreasonable demands that place expectations on a child beyond his or her capacity. Emotional abuse includes constantly criticizing, teasing, belittling, insulting, rejecting, ignoring or isolating the child. It may also include exposure to domestic violence.
Sexual abuse occurs when a child is used for the sexual gratification of an adult or an older child. The child may co-operate because he or she wants to please the adult or out of fear. It includes sexual intercourse, exposing a child’s private areas, indecent phone calls, fondling for sexual purposes, watching a child undress for sexual pleasure, and allowing/forcing a child to look at or perform in pornographic pictures or videos, or engage in prostitution.
Elder abuse can take many forms, including verbal and physical abuse, sexual assault, financial exploitation and more.
Research shows that LGBT older people frequently encounter elder abuse from friends and family members, and in long-term care settings, yet are less likely to report this abuse for fear of further discrimination. Also, because LGBT older people are less likely to have children and more likely to be single, their support networks might be smaller and thus, less available when incidents of elder abuse occur. Ultimately, hostility from residents and staff may cause LGBT elders to withdraw or be excluded from social activities, compounding their profound social isolation.
Victim Services of Windsor & Essex County operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist victims of crime and tragedy. We provide victims with support, information and referrals at no cost. Victim Services can be accessed by all agencies and emergency service providers, on behalf of victims, and is available throughout Windsor & Essex County.
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The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is dedicated to the well-being and safety of every child by advocating for, and partnering with, our children, families and communities.
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